Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.
John the Baptist sends his disciples to Jesus to inquire about his status as Messiah...
“Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?’”
At that very time, Jesus cured many people of their diseases, illnesses, and evil spirits, and he restored sight to many who were blind. Then he told John’s disciples, “Go back to John and tell him what you have seen and heard—the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor. And tell him, ‘God blesses those who do not turn away because of me.’” (Luke 7:20-23)
Jesus sends a report of miracles to John without giving John a personal miracle. It’s because John already believes. When Jesus heals people it’s visible proof of his invisible power to forgive sins. (Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” - Luke 5:23-24)
The Apostle Paul says that speaking in tongues is a sign, not for believers, but for unbelievers. Prophecy, however, is for the benefit of believers, not unbelievers. (1 Corinthians 14:22) Prophecy is telling about Jesus; and those who believe in him don’t need proof of who he is. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed...(John 20:29)
God blesses those who do not turn away...
Blessed are those who have not seen...
And You must follow me is Jesus’ response to Peter’s inquiry about how the disciple John is going to die after Jesus revealed how Peter is going to die (John 21:22). Jesus essentially is telling him not to worry about John; it’s not a contest, there are no comparisons to be made. Believers believe regardless.
What I am gathering from all this information is this: I Believe in Jesus. I Believe everything about him. I Believe who he is and what’s he’s done. He doesn’t have to prove himself to me. He is a man who died who did not stay dead. What other reason than eye-witness accounts could spark such an incredible international religious movement? I don’t need Jesus to do for me what is required for unbelievers. John the Baptist is a Believer. Peter is a Believer. I am a Believer. I don’t need proof. I know who Jesus is. Blessed are those who do not turn away. Blessed are those who believe without seeing. Blessed are those who follow... because we already know!
Be still and know...
Dear Lord Jesus,
I know who you are. I love you and appreciate you and do not require you to prove yourself to me in any with miracles. You bless those who believe in you, and you bless those who do not turn away from you. And my life is proof of that. I am so richly blessed in so many ways and best of all rescued from every possible thing. I love you and thank you and praise you for who you are. And I pray in your name, amen.