Monday, August 28, 2017

Pulling Back the Curtain on Miracles

At Berean we had a great Sunday. A wonderful word from brother Troy and singing praises. But in addition we heard testimony of two baptisms, a father and daughter that were immersed into Christ. We had our traditional prayer circle for the duo where fellow Christians spoke into their lives and prayed for them. There were no dry eyes when the full story was told and words of encouragement were shared.  Like I said, "great Sunday". But we also had a communion meditation lead by brother Dan about miracles that needs special mentioning.

Dan was able to see with his own eyes how God responds to prayer through a miracle birth of his granddaughter and safety for his daughter. According to doctors, both mother and daughter were in jeopardy and were to be rushed, post birth, to St. Louis for special care. But once the child was born, neither had to go anywhere. Prayers were answered. This led to two other testimonies of  unexplained healing in the past. One man was on his way to surgery for a brain aneurysm when it was revealed the aneurysm simply disappeared and the other was the testimony of God keeping him safe after a heart attack.

I do not doubt the miracles as claimed. They were made by men of standing and trust that are level headed and not carried away by emotion unjustly. Their word is golden.

That leaves me with the question, "Why them?"

Why were these men given a miracle when millions of prayers for similar circumstances go unanswered. The bottom line answer is that it is up to God when he will pull back the curtain and reveal himself through the miraculous. We can ask, beg, plead and wear holes in our jeans coming before him, but we do not control God. Also, despite what you may have heard from poor preaching, there is no special formula for forcing God's hand into a blessing. There is no check list we can do to guarantee our prayer will always be in the affirmative. God is bigger than that. He sees everything we need and comfort from the physical is not always the most important thing for us. Ask Paul, he suffered from some possible physical or spiritual issue that he wanted God to help him with and the answer was no (2 Corinthians 12:7).      

So why are there miracles at all? First, Jesus performed miracles to show compassion and to help those in need around him. In the book of Mark, Jesus comes in contact with a man with leprosy. Mark 1:41 says, “Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man.” In this case, the miracle was not necessarily planned or plotted out, Jesus was filled with compassion.

Second, in Mark 3, we see that Jesus used his miracles to teach. When he ran across a man with a shriveled hand Jesus used the experience to instruct:  

4 Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.
5 He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.
Lastly, and probably most importantly, Jesus performed miracles was to affirm his true identity as the Son of God. The Bible hints that the miracles themselves were not the point. The miracles actually served as “signs” pointing to a greater reality. Acts 2:22 declares that “Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God by miracles, wonders and signs.” The miracles substantiated the claims of Jesus to be the Son of God.

So why do some receive miracles and why do some not? That is a question that needs a deeper look into the purpose God has and it may never be known while here on Earth. One thing I can tell you, there is a reason for each and every miracle. So, when God pulls back the curtain and lets you see His glory through the miracles appreciate it, examine it and respond to it.

See you next Sunday at Berean, you never know what will happen.

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