Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me? Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. But if I do it even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” –John 10:31-32, 37-38
Do you believe in miracles? I do. I don’t believe that everything called a miracle really is a miracle. In fact, I’ve been disappointed more than once with something or someone who faked a miracle. But miracles happen all around us every day. Some of the miracles are super-extraordinary; others, like a sunset, the human body, or the true love of a man and woman, have become so ordinary that we hardly call them a miracle even though that’s exactly what they are.
What is a miracle? A miracle makes an opening in the wall that separates this world and another. A miracle is a wonder, a beam of God’s supernatural power injected into history. A miracle is a happening that cannot be explained in terms of ordinary life.
Christ performed at least thirty-five miracles in the Bible: walking on water, healing the sick, multiplying loaves and fish, turning water into wine and even raising the dead.
Why did Christ perform so many miracles? Did he do it to persuade the people of his power, or to solidify their faith? Did he do miracles to dramatically show that God took an interest in his creation? The answer is a simple, “Yes.” Jesus performed miracles in order to give God glory. Perhaps the greatest miracle was the fact that Jesus (the Word) became flesh and dwelt among us. He is the visible expression of the invisible God.
God doesn’t always perform miracles at our every petition, but don’t underestimate his power either. Next time you seek a miracle, don’t forget, he is not a magician–but don’t be surprised if his miracle is greater than you ever imagined.
1. God performs miracles daily. List several of his miracles you’ve experienced this week.
2. What is a miracle you believe God is accomplishing in your life? How will this glorify him?