Monday, March 14, 2016

The Miracles

Jesus of Nazareth certainly did many mighty miracles. 

John the apostle summarized them this way - “Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples which are not written in this book, but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His Name” (John 20.31).

The miracles were spectacular and undeniable. He changed water into wine, stilled the storm, multiplied five loaves of bread to feed 5000, healed the sick, walked on water, raised the dead to life again.

Some critics questioned the power source (since the magicians of Egypt could do certain miracles), but the Lord Jesus himself restated that the power to do these miracles was by the Holy Spirit, in accord with the commandment of the Father.

  • The reason why He did these signs was important.
  • They were done as the works of the Father.
  • The signs vindicated the authority of Jesus as the Son of God
  • The signs and wonders confirmed the words of Jesus as the words of God.
  • The character of the miracles was an expression of God’s caring love for a broken humanity.
Note that these miracles were not something worked up – so often healing was instant, seldom done in the synagogue, and not limited to certain psychological conditions. The final sign, which worried the rulers of the Jews, was the raising of Lazarus from the dead. This ultimate sign of His ultimate authority, was indicative of His final authority on the day of judgement, when all the dead will be raised  to face Him as the judge.

How important it is that we believe in Him, to be delivered  from the condemnation of judgement (John 5.24) , and instead find the full meaning of ‘eternal life’

It is not the thrill of miracles that counts, but the thrill of knowing Him whose name is "Wonderful" (wonder worker)

John McKee

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