Is faith in Christ simply believing that Jesus is great? Or is faith something more?
At a time when Jesus was avoiding Jerusalem because of the threat against his life, Jesus’ brothers said to him , “You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.”
In this statement (recorded in John 7:3-4), Jesus’ own brothers (who did NOT believe in him, v. 5) spoke very similar words to Jesus as Satan did in his temptation. “Since you are so great, show yourself to the world.”
I have often wondered if this was indeed the thinking of Judas Iscariot also. Why would he hang himself after Christ’s crucifixion, unless he had hoped that his betrayal would force Jesus to powerfully defeat the Jewish leaders?
I have known people in America who say they believe in Jesus Christ, but their faith is wrecked if Jesus doesn’t do a miracle or answer a prayer in their lives. John says that this trait is a sign of unbelief, not of faith!
If I truly believe that a certain doctor specialist is the very best and is seeking my good, then I accept his treatment and prognosis, whether it is positive or not. I don’t require “miracles” or healing. I trust his word.
Faith in Jesus is believing his word and accepting what he chooses to do.