John 21:24-25 (NIV)
24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.
25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
“I cannot believe unless I can see the evidence in front of me.”
This is the excuse I hear so often from so many. But this is not the problem. John writes that Jesus did so many miracles in his day that all the worlds books could not record them.
If this was the case back then, how is it that so many in our day think they will believe if they could just see the miracles? If you were to follow Jesus every day during his public ministry you would see miracle after miracle after miracle. There would so many it would just seem normal to observe miracles almost every few minutes.
What happened to all those who observed all these miracles in John’s day? Did they repent and believe? Not even close. Even with all the evidence in front of them, they refused to repent. What can we conclude is the primary reason for not obeying Jesus? It cannot be because of lack of evidence, they had more than enough evidence to convince them.
It could not be because they did not have enough knowledge because they had Jesus right in front of them explaining all the truths they needed to believe.
The only reason we have for the majority refusing to believe is exactly that, they refused to believe. Paul explains it this way in Romans 1:21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
They knew who he was but they stubbornly refused to obey him. They thought they had a better idea so they went out on their own and tried to find life without God.
This my friends is exactly what they found and life without God looks like the following: Romans 1:28-32 (NIV)
28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.
29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,
30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;
31 they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.
32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
Do you ever wonder why this world is so confused and broken? Here is your answer, men have rejected the true knowledge of God and gone after many schemes and for that we all are paying a very high price.
I wonder what would happen if we cried out to God to send revival in our churches and towns? Maybe we might find a different kind of life. Just saying.