That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea.
There are experiences and happenings in our lives that simply illustrate Lord Jesus’ work within and around us. They show that God is at work among us. We see something happen or hear about something happening and, from within, we simply know that it is the work of God. Honestly, it is those who know the Lord more closely, thus giving room for such a possibility, who most often see these things. John was Jesus close disciple. This amazing catch sparked his memory and touched his heart. He could tell it was the work of Christ. Peter, who was likely feeling quite lost and out of touch with Jesus because of his own blatant denials, seems to miss it at first. He was surely down on himself and disappointed with Jesus’ apparent failure to establish a kingdom.
In John 11 when Lazarus is about to be raised from the dead Jesus clearly says that ‘if you believe, you will see the glory of God’.
Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God? ”
It’s not that Jesus only works for those who believe. He doesn’t only work miracles because some handful of believers ‘believed it into existence’. It is that you must be open to who He is to even give yourself a chance to see His work. Every day a believer has the opportunity to see God at work in the sunrise or sunset or a kind word spoken unexpectedly or a smile. Without faith, you block yourself from even the possibility of seeing that it is from God. It is why disallowing the possibility of God’s intervention in nature is so stultifying. You don’t even give yourself the opportunity to be awed by a Creator. Seeing the work of Jesus requires informed faith.
Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear. Whoever has eyes to see, let him see.