John 15.22-23 cont.
22 If I had not come and spoken to them they would have no sin; but now they have no excuse about their sin.
23 The person hating Me also hates My Father.
24 If I had not done among the works that I did, which no other man has done, they would have no sin. However, they have seen the works of power and have hated both Me and My Father.
Some of us are old enough to remember having a car that was not always reliable. From time to time it would break down and refuse to go. We may have tried all manner of things to try and get it to start again, sometimes successfully, at other times we had to call in a mechanic to restore the car to normal working order. A good mechanic was the person who got our car going again. His worthiness was seen in the work that he did.
When you found a good mechanic you stuck by him and used him again when occasions arose.
Jesus came doing works of power. The validity of His ministry was verified through His teaching, and in particular through His works of power.
His claim that He came from the Father was backed up by the works of power, the miracles, which He did. His claim to be One with the Father was also backed up by the many works of power that He did.
The really sad thing was that the vast majority of people still did not accept that He is the Messiah, the Son of God, the Son of Man.
Many recipients of His miraculous touch continued to disbelieve who He was.
There was the well known incident of the ten lepers whom Jesus healed. Only one of whom returned to Jesus to give glory to God.
16 And he fell on his face at the feet of Jesus, giving thanks, and he was a Samaritan.
17 Now In reply Jesus said: “Were there not ten who were healed? So where are the other nine”?
18 Was none found to return and give God glory, except this foreigner?
19 And He said: “Get up and be on your way, your faith has already healed (saved) you” – Luke 17.16-19.
That’s not an impressive response rate.
We live in days where we see something of the works of power that Jesus does amongst us through the Holy Spirit. Many people see the miracles that Jesus does amongst us, but still do not believe. Remember the words of Jesus that those who are not for Him are against Him, which equals hatred towards Him and the Father.
This is a terrible place to be in, but it is a place people choose to be in by refusing to believe what is very evident before their eyes.