I have been reading the bible and I found out something interesting that Miracle is about how much faith you have.
And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.
For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation. (Luke 11:29-30)
In this paragraph, we can see that the word “sign” is used instead of “miracle”, so the question might have already come up to you. Why does it use the word “sign” and what is the difference there? Obviously, the meaning of "sign" is to show people the way which is a considerable feature of a miracle. By saying “miracle” could possibly mislead people by seeing that it’s an unexplainable work by the divine emissary.
When people said they want a sign, they meant a sign which could lead us to believe in Jesus. Jesus refused their demand because he knew these people’s heart was blind. They had to repent first in order to have faith, so Jesus replied them that the sign of Jonas the prophet should be the sign to help them find the way to the truth before any others do.
Here are the verses which show the importance of the faith in Jesus’ mighty work in Matthew 13:54-58. This is the matter of how having faith or having no faith affect Jesus’ mighty work.
And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
Put the emphasis on the word “unbelief.” Also, here’s another place about what faith does in a sign in Matthew 14:26-33 which shows us the difference between “little faith” and “big faith.”
And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
Here, we can see the difference. People of unbelief lost the chance of seeing the mighty works. It is a path that all people start as a sinner and the first step toward God is to repent which is done by the sign of Jonas the prophet. The second step is the sign of Jesus which disciples had encountered on the boat in the boisterous sea. Jesus said unto the sinking Peter “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” Jesus showed the mighty work to disciples who had even little faith in him. Eventually, disciples led by the signs and believed in Jesus that he is the son of god.
For everyone, it is a path set for us to believe in Jesus. With different peoples, we have different paths, but we all have to repent of our sin first and then have faith in Jesus. Give him a chance to help you in the boisterous sea. At last, he will show us he is truly the son of God.