John Never Performed A Miraculous Sign
John 10:41 “and many people came to Him. They said, ‘Though John never performed a miraculous sign, all that John said about this man was true.’”
Jesus had just relocated to a region where John the Baptist had preached and baptised many people. John the Baptist and his ministry were well known in this territory. When the people saw Jesus, they confirmed that, though John the Baptist never performed any miracle, his preaching about Jesus was true. John the Baptist’s ministry down plays the significance we have given performance of miracles in the present day search for biblical truth and right church to attend. John the Baptist never performed a miraculous sign. Instead John the Baptist was known for preaching and speaking the truth. The preaching of truth is superior to performance of miracles. John the Baptist never performed a miraculous sign.
Matthew 11:11 (Luke 7:28) “I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” According to Jesus Who is God, there is no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet this great preacher only preached the truth. John never performed a miraculous sign. Those who went to see John the Baptist and the greatest of all according to Jesus, only heard him preaching the truth. For those who go to meetings and churches expecting a miracle, John the Baptist who Jesus considered the greatest, would be a disappointment and illegitimate. John never performed a miraculous sign. For all his listeners, followers, fans, critics and independent observers, John offered no single miracle but preaching of truth only. John never performed a miraculous sign.
Matthew 12:38-39 (Matthew 16:4 & Luke 11:29) “(38) Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.” (39) He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” Jesus who performed most miracles ever recorded in history, refused to perform any miracle when the curious crowds gathered to see a miracle. Pharisees and teachers of the law had persistently doubted and rejected the teachings of Jesus. They preferred miracles to the truth. Jesus remarked that, it is wickedness that seeks miracles instead of seeking to listen to the truth. To witness a miracle requires common sense and logical, rational assessment. To believe the truth requires faith. Hebrews 11:6, without faith, it is impossible to please God. Truth remains superior to miracles. We must seek the truth not miracles. The true test of a church, denomination, preacher, is not whether they raised the dead, or performed miracles, but whether they preach and believe the biblical truth. Truth is the test not miracles. No wonder John the Baptist remains the greatest, yet, he never performed a miraculous sign.
Revelation 16:13-14 “(13) Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. (14) They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.” The Bible warns that, at the end of time, most miracles will be performed by demonic spirits and not the spirit of God. If all you need is a miracle, with little or no care for the truth, then be ready, Demons May lure you successfully. Demons perform actual verifiable miracles through witches, preachers, etc. Miracles by themselves without biblical truth, will send the miracle seeker straight into the arms of satanic forces that perform real verifiable miracles. Jesus was careful and refused to perform miracles to curious on lookers. John the Baptist and the greatest, preached the truth only, and never performed a miraculous sign.
1 Corinthians 12:4 & 10 “(4) There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. (10) to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. Performance of miracles is a gift of the Holy Spirit. He gives it when, how and to whom He wants. Not everyone must perform miracles, but only those gifted. What is expected of everyone is preaching the truth and not performing miracles. When dealing with those who claim to be gifted to perform miracles, we should be sure they subscribe to the biblical truth, or else, they may be using demonic powers. Miracles are not compulsory but truth is. John never performed a miraculous sign.
Mark 16:17-18 “(17) And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; (18) they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” These signs which include gifts of the Holy Spirit and God’s saving power, will accompany believers. Will accompany not define. Will accompany not go ahead of believers. Alongside the preaching of truth, God will manifest in various ways as He determines. What defines believers is what they believe, the truth, and not what accompanies them. They are believers because they believe the truth, that is what defines them. What defines them, the truth, is more important, than what accompanies them. No wonder John the Baptist preached the truth, was known for truth, was considered greatest of all time by Jesus, and he never performed a miraculous sign.
May God help us to seek the truth and not miracles. May miracles of God’s choice and plan accompany our daily lives. May we be defined by the truth always, as believers. May blessings be ours even today, in Jesus name. Amen! (C)firstname.lastname@example.org (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but don’t edit the authorship or content… thank you and be blessed!)