When therefore He was risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.
¶Now when He was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in His Name, when they saw the miracles which He did.
Jesus’ words would come back to the disciples after He rose from death. Here, indeed, was another proof that this Man was actually divine; the only Son of God.
We transition now to the Passover in Jerusalem, the first one Jesus observed there in His public ministry. Throngs crowded the streets, and especially the area of the Temple.
We are not told of the miracles He did during this period. Apparently they were enough to be talked about among all the crowds, and John records that “many people believed in His Name when they saw the miracles He did.”
People are always drawn to a good show. There was already a level of excitement as family members from far places were reunited at the Passover season. Preparation had to be made for the feasts; animals had to be readied for the sacrifices; lodgings must be found, food purchased. It was probably chaotic, something like our Christmas shopping season.
I am also reminded of various “faith healers” who have come and gone in my lifetime. At the height of their fame, many people believed in them because of their deeds at healing services. It’s exciting and amazing to see people who had been sick or disabled for years suddenly freed from illness.
There’s a reason, though, why Jesus wasn’t impressed with the belief of so many in Jerusalem. We’ll discuss that tomorrow.