But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again: “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, lest they should see with their eyes, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn so that I should heal them.” These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him. (John 12:37-41)
They Saw The Signs And Did Not Believe
The miracles of Jesus exhibited the power of God over nature, time, distance, demons, and death. There was nothing the Holy Spirit could not do through the hand of Jesus to heal every disease, including leprosy, restore maimed limbs, make the blind to see and the deaf to hear, and cause the mute to speak. Jesus raised the widow’s son from the dead at Nain, the daughter of Jairus and brought Lazarus from the grave after four days. At the beginning of His ministry, the man from Nazareth turned water into nearly 180 gallons of wine. Jesus walked on water, calmed the tumultuous storm and found a coin in a fish’s mouth. From five barley loaves and two fish, the Son of God fed five thousand men, not including women and children. He would feed four thousand men, besides women and children, with seven loaves and a few fish.
During the time of Jesus on earth, demons possessed men and women. All of the demons were subject to the command of Jesus as He cast them out of the possessed. On one occasion in the country of the Gadarenes, the Lord cast out the unclean spirit named Legion. Jesus forbade the demons to declare He was the Son of God. No demon refused the command of the Lord. Jesus exercises dominion over the world and the demon world of Satan. His miracles were done to prove He was the Son of God. The people responded initially with awe because no man could do the things Jesus was doing unless He came from God. With signs, wonders, and miracles, Jesus of Nazareth was attested by God to be His Son. But not everyone believed in the miracles.
The apostle John only offers seven miracles of Jesus in His book. John writes at the end of his gospel, there were many other signs Jesus did in the presence of His disciples which were not written in his story. John did write to convict the heart that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God. Each gospel writer tells the story of the death of Jesus on a Roman cross which will become the greatest miracle on the first day of the week. No sign compares to the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and the knowledge that Jesus still lives and sits at the Father’s right hand. The resurrection of Jesus is the message of the gospel to save men from sin. Nothing will compare to the implications of one single act as God bringing Jesus out of the grave.
When Jesus walked on the earth, many people believed in Him and became disciples. As Jesus neared His death, fewer people accepted His teachings and turned away from Jesus. Despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most people did not believe in him. How is it possible to see a man come from the grave and not believe Jesus is the divine one? The thousands of people that were healed of every disease would testify to the evidence of God’s Son, but people did not believe in Jesus. Multitudes received the blessing of healing from Jesus, yet their hearts were hardened against Him. Their eyes could not see His power and their hearts were hardened with deceit. Although Jesus did all those miracles, the people did not believe in Him.
No miracles are done today. There is no one to heal the sick, raise the dead, calm the storms and walk on water as Jesus did. The power of the Holy Spirit ended when the revelation of God was completed. Although the power of signs, wonders, and miracles ceased, the message of the greatest miracle still resonates for the modern man. Jesus rose from the dead and many do not believe Jesus is the Son of God. There can be no greater sign than the one given of Jonah or Moses lifting up the serpent in the wilderness. The cross of Jesus is the miracle of the resurrection of the Son of God and most do not believe. It seems incredible that anyone would deny the power of Jesus when they see first-hand a miracle and not believe it. The Bible is a miracle and most reject it as they do the miracles described on its pages. Jesus is the Son of God and the world ignores Him. The words of Isaiah still ring clear today.