Words are Better than Miracles

Jesus said, “If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father” (John 10:37–38).

Jesus Christ did many incredible things during His earthly ministry. He healed the lame, fed the hungry, opened blind eyes, and even brought dead people back to life. The miracles Jesus performed tell us much about the character of God, since Jesus is God and the apex of God’s revelation to us.

And yet, these miracles were not an end in themselves. The work Jesus came to do is much grander than impermanent healing or astonishing food provision. In fact, Jesus’ miracles are often called “signs” because they are meant to point towards something else.

The miraculous signs Jesus demonstrated were always intended to compel the observer to hear Jesus’ words and to believe Jesus (Jn. 20:31). The words of Christ, and not His signs, are full of eternal life (Jn. 6:63); His words are truth (Jn. 17:17); His words are preserving (Jn. 8:51); His words cannot be broken (Jn. 10:35).

Still today, Jesus’ words are more substantial than His signs. We who believe are sustained and invigorated by the former – not the latter.

May we look to Christ, hear His word, and believe.