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From the Desk of Pastor Asher
12 February 2015Posted by on
Hebrew Scriptures record numerous miracles that took place during the ministry of Moses, Elijah and Elisha. The Gospels record close to forty miracles by Jesus, while the Early Christian Writings record miracles performed by the Disciples and followers in Jesus’ name. I am often asked whether God still performs miracles today and why the miracles that we experience today seem so unlike the miracles of Bible times.
In Acts 2:22 we hear Peter teach that “Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know” (NIV2010). In 2 Corinthians 2:12, Paul taught that in his ministry he “persevered in demonstrating among [the people] the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders and miracles” (NIV2010). In Hebrews 2:4, Paul also taught that the Resurrection was confirmed when “ God … testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will” (NIV2010).
Miracles are lessons of faith. Not even once did we hear Jesus say, “Your decision, determination, resolution, ability, strength, intelligence, rituals, courage, moral efforts, etc. have made you well.” Instead we hear Jesus say, “Your faith has healed you” multiple times.
God performs miracles and we are active participants in the outpouring of God’s Love and Grace. Miracles reinforce faith; through miracles God challenges ordinary people like you and I to strive to be the best versions of what God created us to be and in the process to perform extraordinary feats of faith that give us a glimpse of the loving nature of our Creator. Our faith and relationship with God help us to recognize miracles when they happen around us. In Luke 16:31 Jesus taught, that those who “ … do not listen to Moses and the Prophets [read those who have no faith], they will NOT be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”
A Scripture about miracles that inspires me personally is found near the end of the Gospel of John where the Evangelist penned these words, “Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:30-31, NIV2010). The purpose of including miracles in the Scriptures is ultimately to challenge us to live abundant lives (John 10:10) to God’s glory and to strengthen our faith in God’s love and grace.