August 21

“Seeing isn’t believing”

by David Voight

John 11:37-57


Years ago there was a movie called The Santa Clause.  In this movie, there is a scene where Scott Calvin, played by Tim Allen, sees Santa’s workshop for the first time.  He tells the elf that is showing him around, “I can’t believe what I’m seeing!”  Judy, the elf responds, “Seeing isn’t believing, believing is seeing.”

As I read through the text today, I can’t help but think of the people that were watching as the events of Lazarus’ death and resurrection played out.  They certainly knew him personally and watched him die.  But even after he was raised back to life by Jesus through the public display of God’s mighty power, there were still those who doubted Jesus and refused to believe in him. 

The Pharisees saw what was going on.  They witnessed the many “miraculous signs” Jesus performed, but they were so blinded by their own selfish ambitions of power that they refused to believe what they saw before their own eyes.  Even in their own disbelief, God was going to use them to carry out His plan of salvation.  Caiaphas, the high priest, unbeknownst to him, makes this prophetic statement in verse 50.  “… it’s better for you that one man should die for the people than for the whole nation to be destroyed.”  Of course, he was speaking to the religious leaders about killing Jesus in order to maintain their own power over the nation of Israel.  God was about to use them to bring salvation to, not just one nation, but to all who believe in His son Jesus.  Seeing isn’t believing, believing is seeing who Jesus really is; the son of God sent to bring everyone who believes in him eternal life.  Just believe!

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