“As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David!’ When he had gone indoors, the blind men came o him, and he asked them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you’: and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, ‘See that no one knows about this.’ But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region. While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, ‘Nothing like this has eve been seen in Israel.’ But the Pharisees said, ‘It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.’” (Mark9:27–34)
Miracles pointed to Jesus being God’s Messiah who fulfilled Scripture and exercised amazing powers no other humans possessed. The greatest miracle of Jesus was His being a human with flesh and bones and human desires and needs, yet being fully divine with God’s power.
His miracles of healing demonstrated God’s power over all that harms creation. They revealed His redemption of the whole person. Even the Pharisees who opposed Jesus so strongly recognized His power was superhuman, but they did not have faith to recognize God at work.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, there are times when we as human beings shared the same as the Pharisees did. Obviously they saw and recognized that Jesus’ powers were far beyond any other human beings, yet did not connect the dots to see that it was Your power, working through Him, to perform the miraculous healings. Help us, Abba, to understand that when we accepted You through Your Son, our Savior, that we were affirming that Jesus did perform the miracles and still does even today, but the power comes from You. This, we ask in Jesus’ precious name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“We always find time for the things we value the most.”
“A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of hem. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed mane was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”” (Mark2:1-5)
Miracles illustrated different aspects of Jesus’ nature, authority, and mission depending upon the context in which Jesus performed them. This miracle revealed Jesus’ equality with God in having power to forgive sins. That same equality was shown by His ability to know His opponents’ thoughts.
“Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—-the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, he heart went out to her and he said, ‘Don’t cry.’ Then he went up and touched the coffin and those carrying it stood still. He said, ‘Young man, I say to you, get up! The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. They were all filled with awe and praised God. ‘A great prophet has appeared among us,’ they said. ‘God has come to help his people.’ This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.” (Luke7:11-17)
Miracles flowed from God’s compassion and shows God helps His people. There is no confession of faith or even request for help. The young man was the widow’s only son, and his death left her desolate. Jesus was moved with compassion: His love overflowed. In touching the coffin Jesus became unclean, just as in toughing the leper. He became unclean. Miracles show God’s compassionate willingness to overcome all obstacles to help s. They lead us to praise God and acclaim Christ as our Lord, God’s greatest Prophet.
Second Thought of the Day:
“This is very long, so please read this story on your own.” (John 11:1–44)
The seventh sign was the raising of Lazarus. It became the occasion for the discourse on he resurrection and its life. This concludes the first part of John’s Gospel, the book of signs. It serves as a transition to the second half, the book of glory. Lazarus had been dead long enough, for the body to begin its decay.
Jesus raised him back to earthly existence. The final resurrection of all persons occurs at the last day. We have not yet tasted death, but we have already begun to experience the power of Him who overcomes death. Amen!