"Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galilaeans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast" John 4:45. Jesus spent much of His time healing the sick and casting out demons. His desire was ever to make men whole.
The multitude's excitement about this man's likelihood of being the Messiah was increased by seeing or hearing of His act of cleansing the temple. This was someone who could stand up to the haughty scribes and Pharisees! Then there were the words He spoke – like none other. There was sufficient evidence to believe that He was truly the promised Messiah.
A certain nobleman from Capernaum was well aware of all these things, but it seems that he was withholding belief until his conditions were met. The man "besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death. Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe" John 4:47, 48. Jesus could read his heart of doubt. At that realization, the father cast his lot on the side of belief. Jesus said "Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. Then inquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house. " John 4:50-53.
Jesus' words, "Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe", necessitate our consideration. Do we, at times, box God in and make our confidence in Him dependant on circumstances – prayers answered in a particular way? Do we think "He loves me, He loves me not" because of what He allows to touch our lives at any given moment? Perhaps we need to remind ourselves of the overwhelming evidence of His love, and His power and ability to see the future as clearly as the past and present, to know what, if allowed, is ultimately for our best. Whether going through trials or smooth times, there is tremendous peace when we choose to believe – to trust.
Kathryn Irizarry is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.