We’re going through some stuff here that has slowed me for a couple of days and will for a couple more. In the meantime, a quote from Total Church, written down before I — ahem — lost it (still a trauma). Still in the section “Why Gospel?”:
In John 2 the disciples put their faith in Jesus when they see his first miraculous sign — turning water into wine at the wedding of Cana (v. 11). This story is followed by the cleansing of the temple and Jesus’ declaration that he is the temple. John comments, “After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. They they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken” (v. 22). There is a kind of faith that comes from seeing miraculous signs, but true faith comes through the words of Scripture and the words of Jesus. John goes on: “Now while he was in Jeruasalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs he was doing and believed in his name. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men” (vv. 23-24). Jesus does not trust the kind of faith that comes from seeing miraculous signs. It is not difficult to imagine why. Such faith is likely to be fair-weather faith. It will believe when signs are performed, prayers are answered, things are going well. But it is not the sort of faith that will survive the loss of a child, a period of illness or some other trauma. Persevering faith comes through the word of God.