In India, people flock to guru’s for an infusion of miraculous amazement’s. Thousands flock to places to see the shroud of Turin. Many flock annually to St. Januarius-Gennaro to see what some claim as Jesus blood liquefying in a flask. Many others again believing a miracle in 1968-1970 saw an apparition of Mary in Zeitoun. Mystics bleeding from the eyes, corpses that do not decay, a statue that bleeds in Akita all these are current day miracles. We watch magicians and wonder at their illusions.
Jesus was no stranger to people flocking to Him just because of miracles. In John 6:2, “a great multitude followed him,” partly because of the healings at Bethesda and others on sabbath days. When many sought to make Jesus king in John 6, He left secretly, not wanting their faith resting on a miracle alone. In John 4:48, the warning is clear – believing on these signs and wonders alone is an empty faith that lives on an emotional high. Those are never good basis for life decisions, and certainly not for eternal decisions.
Moses realized this as soon as the people complained at the waters in the wilderness of Shur in Exodus 15:22-26. He had enough on many different occasions. In Exodus 32:19 he threw the tablets down in anger. He asked God to judge their In Numbers 12:3 we find that Moses was more meek than anyone else on earth.
Elijah in 1 Kings 18:21-40 sees God prove His power in a spectacle. In this case many did not flock to him. In fact, Jezebel clearly responded negatively in 1 Kings 19. Clearly, miracles are not always going to have people respond positively This is exemplified by John 12:10-11 where after the miracle of Lazarus not only did the worldly scheme to murder Jesus to restore and maintain their power, but they sought to murder the miracle itself.
Ladies and gentlemen, how we respond to God’s great miracles in our lives are also telling. Do we respond to control, to manipulate these events into a form or fashion for our benefit. Do we try to minimize or make an affront to the event to play both sides? Or, do we accept it, rejoice in it, rest in the truth of it and enjoy it as Jesus did sitting between Lazarus and Simon with Mary, Martha and the disciples?
This was a time of man’s conniving murderous thought, yet Jesus rested and enjoyed His time with those whom He loved, and those that loved Him. Like David in many hymns, he rests in faith before enemies (Psa 5:8; 23:5). We too must see His deliverance, regardless His choice thereof as a comfort. Trust Him.