You have undoubtedly heard the phrase, “The proof is in the pudding.” I’ve never quite understood it’s meaning. I always looked at that saying in this way: We can make all the claims we want, but the truth will not be hidden. Let me put it this way. The works you and I do either confirm or deny our claims of being a Christian. Our works either prove our claim as accurate, or prove our claim as false.
In Acts 2, Peter preaches one of the greatest sermons ever preached. This sermon occurred during Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples. Acts 2:22 says this,
“Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know.” (KJV)
We can learn several things from this statement. First off, we notice that Jesus is approved of God. Jesus of Nazareth was the One chosen by God to fulfill the law. Jesus was the One who was set apart to do what we could not. That, in itself, should be enough. But, Peter goes further to prove that Jesus was the Chosen One. He says it is proven by the “miracles and wonders and signs,” Jesus’ claim that He is the Son of God is indeed proven by His works. The miracles, the wonders, the signs, all of those prove that Jesus is the Messiah, the very Son of God. Without those works; the miracles, the wonders, the signs, Jesus’ claim to be the Messiah would be just that-a claim. But, that claim was, has been, and continues to be proven time and time again. We read this in John 20:30, “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book;” Jesus performed so many miracles, so many wonders, so many signs that they could not all be recorded. In fact, John 21:25 says, “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.” The world could not contain all the things that Jesus did while He ministered here. That’s a lot of stuff.
Peter not only told his listeners that Jesus is the Messiah, how it’s proven through the works He did, but he also revealed another point. All those miracles, all those wonders, all those signs were done in the midst of them. Done in the midst of the people in that time. Even today, Jesus continues doing miracles, wonders and signs in our midst. In our midst means right in front of us. Those miracles we read about in the Bible were done right in front of others, they were witnesses of the miracles of Jesus.
Through Peters testimony and the works that Jesus did, there is no denying that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. It’s been proven and continues to be proven. How about you? Does your works prove or deny your claim to be a Christian? Think about it.