Miracles are big business today. When in doubt, type the word “miracle” into your favorite online search engine.
My favorite is “The Cat Miracle Diet” website. This diet promises the same lean and svelte figure as most cats. As you eat lizard tails, blades of grass, and moths, “you’ll find that you not only look and feel better, but you get a whole new insight into what constitutes food.”
Have you ever felt like there are miracles you can live without? We don’t need fake miracles concocted by religious healers with batteries in their pockets to ensure that the unsuspecting get a jolt when hit.
It is not surprising that seekers of God want to experience the power and presence of God in a miracle. “God has performed miracles to show people that he is God,” says Wesley, whose age is unknown. “God can raise people from death to life. He can do anything.
The religious leaders of Jerusalem plotted the death of another person besides Jesus. After Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, many Jews believed in Jesus as their messiah. Lazarus has become a walking billboard proclaiming Jesus’ power over death.
“God did miracles because he didn’t want anyone to be sad,” says Hunter, 7.
One of my favorite responses to a miracle is the lame man healed by God through the apostle Peter. After receiving strength in his feet and ankles, he entered the temple “walking and leaping and praising God” (Acts 3:8).
He didn’t try to be cool. The healed man wanted everyone to know what God had done.
“I think God works miracles because more people might believe in him,” says 8-year-old Valerie.
You might think that the more miracles God performs, the more people will believe. This is not necessarily the case.
Jesus said, “Woe,” and he was not riding a horse. He denounced people in several cities where few people believed that he had done many miracles. Speaking of Capernaum, Jesus said, “For if the wonders that have been done in you had been done in Sodom, they would have remained to this day” (Matthew 11:23).
Sodom’s infamous reputation and fiery destruction endure to this day, but God will judge the people of Capernaum more harshly than those of Sodom. What can we learn from this?
God holds us accountable for the spiritual light available to us. Think of miracles as pulses of laser light that momentarily penetrate the spiritual darkness of this world. Certainly, those who saw Jesus perform miracles benefited from a light in a way that the inhabitants of Sodom never had.
We live in a time of unprecedented revelation. The spiritual light available to us in many ways exceeds even that of the apostles of Jesus. We have the complete Bible, which was still being written in their day, and a nearly 2,000 year history of the gospel transforming lives and entire nations.
Think about this: Many of us may be waiting for the kind of miracle of laser light in the sky, when the greatest miracle of all is staring us in the face. God’s love for us as revealed in the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the ultimate miracle that defies explanation. We don’t fully understand why he loves us, but he does.
Memorize this truth: “But God showed his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Ask this question: Have you experienced God’s greatest miracle, the new birth that God has promised to all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ?
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