Skeptic

It’s no wonder fishermen are skeptics; cautious about buying into every story we hear from the blue water. Why? Because we all know how quickly a good fishing story can be stretched into a tall tale. Somehow every time the story is told, the fish manage to get larger, the battle drags on longer and the once calm seas turn into an angry mess of white water.

It’s easy to become sensitive to what’s really true or not. That’s when either a picture of the fish hanging or an eye witness account is needed to corroborate the tale. It’s called being proof positive. To believe this fish story is going to take some proof!

Of course, this is all in good fun. No one has ever been intentionally hurt because of a tall tale from the salt water. If for nothing else, these fishing stories become great entertainment. But resting in the back of your mind will always be that question….. What do I really believe?

 

John 4:46-53 (ESV)

So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. So Jesus said to him, “Unless yousee signs and wonders you will not believe.” The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hourthe fever left him.” The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household.

 

“Seeing is believing” is a common idiom that suggests if you see some form of concrete evidence, you will be likely to believe it to exist or be true, even though it’s most unlikely.  For example, you might never believe that someone could catch a blue marlin on 2lb test monofilament. Watch the feat first hand and you’ll have no trouble believing. In the same context, many people have said, “I would believe that God exists if He made Himself known to me, if I heard His voice or saw some physical evidence”. Seeing is believing, right?

But just because you don’t see Him directly doesn’t mean that He doesn’t exist.

Not much has changed in two thousand years. The people of Jesus’ day were looking for the extraordinary to believe in as well.

Jesus had already performed a miracle in the town of Cana, turning water into wine in the midst of a wedding feast. Throughout Jesus’ ministry, the demonstration of signs and miracles confirmed Jesus’ identity as the Christ, the Messiah and Son of God. Jesus’ miracles displayed His sovereignty over creation and His power to heal, restore and even conquer death.

It’s no wonder people were captivated by the miracles. You can bet Jesus was the talk of Galilee.  But did the people want a miracle worker or were they looking forward to a Savior?

Jesus’ words were quite pointed, the crowds were enamored with the miracles but failed to believe in the One whom they pointed too. Excited to enjoy the best wine, joyful to see a young boy well, astounded that the lame could walk, the blind could see, and the dead could be raised to life – and yet they missed the treasure in which these miracles testified.

Brothers, are you looking for a sign? Are you looking for proof positive that Jesus is the Christ?

Two thousand years ago, Jesus hung on a cross, suspended between Heaven and Earth. He took your sin and he took my sin, and offered up His perfect obedience to each of us. His death redeemed us and the proof was the empty tomb. That’s the greatest miracle of all.

Brothers, may our faith be like that of the official whose son was healed. He believed not because his eyes witnessed the miracle first hand, no, he placed his faith in the One who spoke the words. It’s Jesus in whom we place our faith. It’s Christ whom we believe in.

Tip:

It’s cold outside. Here in the Mid-Atlantic we’re seeing more snow than we are Bluefin tunas. Time to make sure our gear is ready. The offseason is perfect time to make sure all the leaders get switched out on our sea witch and Iland lure rigs. While they are apart it’s a good idea to soak them in warm water with a few drops of fabric softener. This will make the synthetic hair supple and eliminate tangles. Simply comb them out and let them dry and they’ll be like new again. (DW)