with God He desires.
First, there was a problem. The miracles and ministry of Jesus was different than anything they had ever seen.
Second, even though their religious leader received a word form God, they would not believe it.
Third, they would not be satisfied until the "boat rocker? was eliminated."

Church, be ready for opposition from "religious" people. They will not be satisfied until the fire is put out.

I. The problem. (Verses 45-48) The miracles of Jesus. What God had intended to draw people to Jesus had the opposite effect on the "religious". John 5:36, Jesus said, "But I have a greater witness than John?ís: for the works which the Father has given Me to finish - the very works that I do - bear witness of Me that the Father has sent Me." John 5:40, "But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life."
The religious people had watched Jesus perform miracle after miracle, one supernatural act after another, culminated by the raising of Lazarus, and they still were saying, "show me." John 3:2 Nicodemus, a teacher of the people, said to Jesus, "Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with Him." Paul wrote, "The Jews request a sign." Matthew 12:38, "Then some of the scribes and the Pharisees answered, saying, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from You".
Jesusí response? "An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign." What Jesus was doing was not new.
The prophets of old did miracles. Jesus made them commonplace and expected. He was operating in His own authority and not on the authority of someone elseís interpretation of the word. What about today?
Do miracles happen today? Look at this article from a perfectly legitimate Christian website. Iím sure these folks love the Lord, but... "It is absolutely impossible for people to perform miracles today. In the Bible, Christians could not perform miracles unless an apostle prayed for them and laid hands on them (Acts 8:14-17; 19:5-6). Since Paul was the last apostle (1 Cor. 15:8; cf. Acts 1:21-25), there are no apostles on earth today. Since there are not any apostles on earth to pray and lay hands on people to receive miraculous power, it is impossible for people to perform miracles." Yet Exodus 15:26 says, "If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you."
We know that God is eternal and unchanging. We know that the command was given to the Israelites. But God is the eternal God who heals and He is unchanging. We know that by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5 Peter says the same thing (I Peter 2:24) So what are we to believe - The tradition of a church (of men) or
The Holy Bible? Colossians 2:8, "Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition