In the fourth chapter of John, a Samaritan woman encounters Jesus at the well. There are no crowds, there are no great miracles performed. They are simply engaged in conversation. During the conversation, Jesus reveals that He knows intimate details about this woman's life. He knows exactly who and what she is and as a result of this, when He declares who He is... she believes. Not only does she herself believe but it causes her to race off to tell others about Jesus as well.
These people came to see Jesus themselves and after two days they said to the woman:
“Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.”
John 4:42 (NLT)
Jesus continues onto Galilee where the Bible tells us He was welcomed because people had seen or heard about what He had done recently at the Passover.
Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him. But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew human nature. No one needed to tell him what mankind is really like.
As He travels through Galilee, Jesus comes to Cana where He had performed His first public miracle of changing the water into wine. There He is met by a government official from Capernaum who begs Jesus to come and heal his son who was dying.
Jesus' response is rather interesting. He says:
“Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?”
John 4:48 (NLT)
Yes, Jesus did heal the boy and yes, when the man realized that his son began to get better when Jesus had told him that his son would live, he believed but...I cannot help but go back to what happened in Samaria. There were no recorded miracles. There were no great demonstrations of power. There was simply Jesus and His message. They received it and believed, not because of what He did but because of what He said.
So, why do you believe?
Thanks for making a valid point - point taken.
"Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God." Great blog.