“for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith AS a mustard seed…”
Have you ever been critical of those who opposed Jesus both during His earthly ministry and now?
Many saw Him perform miracles, but because Jesus challenged their theology, traditions and culture they rejected Him and those who supported Him.
In John Chapter 9 after they could clearly see he healed a man who had been blind since birth, rather than accepting the miracle, they sought to put the healed man and his family out of the synagogue and to destroy Jesus.
John 9: 28-29 (NKJV)
Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples. 29 We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.”
They claimed to be disciples of Moses.
It took THE SAME FAITH to believe in Jesus that it took to believe in Moses. The children of Israel saw the signs and miracles that Moses performed just as the Pharisees saw Jesus.
The children of Israel heard Moses proclaim God’s word just as the Pharisees heard Jesus.
So, if their hearts were hard enough to reject Jesus, it’s likely they would have rejected Moses had they lived in his day.
Because it took the SAME FAITH to believe in Moses who they claimed to follow as it took to believe in Jesus who they rejected.
It took the SAME FAITH to believe Noah….
It took the SAME FAITH to believe the apostles…
It takes the SAME FAITH to believe the preached word today.
God still performs miracles.
God still gives confirmations
God still grants His mercy.
God still makes Himself known through His creation…but people don’t acknowledge Him.
Romans 1: 18- 20 (NKJV)
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse…
Those who resist, oppose or reject Jesus today are without excuse.
God has given everyone a measure of faith…and that’s all we need to believe.
Romans 12:3 (NKJV)
3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
Matthew 17:20 (NKJV)
20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
It takes the SAME FAITH to…