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They Were There

Have you ever heard someone say, “if I had only been there, I would have believed.” ? I have heard people talk about it. What I want to point out is that there were those who saw what Jesus did, who sat under His preaching, who WERE there, who did not believe.Many time in the book of John it shows Jesus saying or doing something and it is followed by the phrase, “and many believed.” (I think I have heard some translations that say some believed, this is from the ESV) I would like to point out that it doesn’t saw most or all, only many. And many times these same people turned around within a few verse and were ready to kill Jesus. Here are some examples I found.

Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people  and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man. -John 2:23-25 (ESV)

As he was saying these things, many believed in him. -John 8:30 (ESV)

Ok, the crowd has not changed from the previous verse to this next one:

So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple. -John 8:59 (ESV)

After He had raised Lazurus from the tomb:

Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him, but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. -John 11:45-46 (ESV)

Ok, these are only a few examples. It should also be noted that not all of those who “believed” really believed. Crowds are easily swayed. Jesus did touch on this issue when He speaks with Thomas after he ressurection.

Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” -John 20:29 (ESV)

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