The apostle John records an instance in which Jesus was in Jerusalem during the Passover Feast. Although it is not known what miracles the Lord did during His visit, Scripture confirms that He did, indeed, do signs and wonders (v23). It is these signs or miracles of Jesus that become the object of faith for some people who witnessed His works. Such belief is of no effect because it is misplaced; resting on the right Jesus but for the wrong reasons. As a result, Jesus does not commit Himself to those with such misguided faith (v24). Knowing the heart of these false believers, Jesus moves on away from them (v25).
Many, today believe in the right Jesus but for the wrong reasons. By “right Jesus” I mean the One born of the virgin Mary, proclaimed Himself to be God, crucified under Pontius Pilate, physically buried, and resurrected from the dead. By “wrong reasons” I mean reasons which stop short of redemptive salvation and change of heart.
If one’s motivation to come to Jesus is anything other than forgiveness of sin and the desire to obey God, it is no better than that of those recorded in John 2:23-25. The reason why I say this is because Jesus states that His reason for coming to earth is to save sinners and change the person so he or she begins walking in the way which God commands. No other issue of the human condition is of greater significance.
While He walked this earth as a man, Jesus raised the dead, made the blind see, fed the hungry, and healed the sick. These were great miracles but they are not the most important things He could do for humanity. The most important work of Jesus Christ was to redeem sinful man back to God so that God and man may have relationship. This redemption came through the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
For one to have this redemption, he or she must rest upon the Son of God not for the temporary fixes of life but for the eternal work of salvation from sin. It is when Jesus, the Savior, is the object of faith that the Lord fully commits Himself.
So what is your motivation for believing in Jesus? Do you seek a miracle for health, wealth, popularity, or relief from temporal pains? You may be seeking the right Jesus but you will not find Him until you come to Him for who He is – Savior and Lord. If you are willing to confess your sinfulness and come under the shelter of His saving work, you will find Jesus and you will experience that He fully commits to saving you and changing you into His likeness.
- Pastor Randy