“Do you believe that I am able to do this?” (Matthew 9:28)
It always comes back to that question.
Do you believe in Jesus?
Do you believe he has the power to work miracles?
If you count all the recorded miracles of Jesus, you end up with a total between 35-40. Some of them are very well known:
Turning water into wine.
Casting out the legion of demons.
Feeding the 5000.
Healing the woman with the issue of blood.
Walking on water.
Then there are other miracles that are less well-known:
Healing the withered hand.
Feeding the 4000.
Raising the nobleman's son.
Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of a season that leads to Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We start when winter is in full force and spring seems a long time away. It's good to start the journey slowly because this world tugs so strongly at us. We need a few days to shake off the cobwebs and get down to business. But Lent rewards us in the end by taking us to the center of history.Even before we finished our Lenten journey last year, I knew I wanted to study the miracles of Christ this year. We need to ponder those amazing moments when heaven invaded earth through the power of Jesus Christ.
We desperately need to get in touch with that power today.
C. S. Lewis has a very helpful word about the importance of miracles:
Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.
I find that hugely helpful because it tells us that miracles are not merely a random display of God's power. Every miracle has a purpose. Think of it this way:
When God works a miracle, he's not just doing something. He's also saying something.
Sometimes we focus on the amazing thing that happens without considering what message it is intended to convey. But miracles in the Bible never happen without a context. When God works a miracle, he is using the "small letters" of the miracle to help us understand the same message that is "written across the whole world." When we read a miracle story in the Bible, we ought to ask, "What is God saying to us through this amazing event?"
I hope you'll join us every day between now and Easter as we walk the Miracle Road with Jesus. God has a lot to say to us if we are willing to listen.
Lord Jesus, we pray for growing faith as we walk the Miracle Road. Help us to believe all over again. Amen.
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