If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”
Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands. He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. And many came to him. And they said, “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” And many believed in him there.
Interesting how John the Baptist is compared to Jesus by John's followers. It reminds me of how diverse prophets were in the Old Testament. Elijah and Elisha were powerful men who performed amazing acts while the ministries of Isaiah and Jeremiah were more verbal in nature. It speaks to the multifaceted nature of prophetic ministry.
In the same way that the Jewish elders did not recognized John the Baptist as a prophet they also did not recognize Jesus as the Messiah. To this Jesus points them to his miracles. One has to wonder how dark their hearts were to not see that the Father was in Jesus. How could they rationalize away the miracles? Sadly that rationalism remain to this day.
Like the followers of John the Baptist I confess my belief in you Jesus.