Here are four of my favorite miracles from the Bible.
Lazarus Raised from the Dead
Jesus’ resurrection of Lazarus is perhaps my favorite miracles in the Bible and it comes in one of my favorite chapters in the Bible (John 11). Lazarus had been dead for four days when Jesus arrived but Jesus, as God, has power to raise the dead since He is the Author of Life (Acts 3:15) and all He had to do was to say “Lazarus, come out” (John 11:43) and then, “The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth” (John 11:44). Think about this; if Jesus had not specifically mentioned Lazarus’ by name, all who were in their graves would have come out because Jesus, as God, has resurrection power in His Word so He can speak and it must be so!
Jesus Calms the Storm
If you know about the time when Jesus calmed the storm, it’s important to point out that Jesus actually sent the disciples into the storm (Luke 8:22-23). The storm grew so fierce that they cried out to Jesus, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm” (Luke 8:24). When they saw that Jesus was sovereign over nature, they must have trembled and feared greatly as it says, “they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him” (Luke 8:25). Jesus may send you into a storm, but like the disciples, He will go with you through the storms. He may not take you around the storm or over the storm but at least He will be with you as you pass through the storm.
The Temple Tax and the Fish
This miracle begins “When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax went up to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the tax” (Matt 17:24) and for some reason, Peter says “Yes” (Matt 17:25), although Jesus had probably never said anything about paying taxes up to this point. That would come later (Matt 22:21). There was an obvious problem. Jesus nor did Peter have the two drachma’s to pay the temple tax, so Jesus, amazingly tells Peter to “go to the sea and cast a hook and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel. Take that and give it to them for me and for yourself” (Matt 17:27). What are the probabilities of that happening by chance? Nope, it was a miracle that Jesus knew where that coin was and in what fish and for what amount the coin was worth.
The Cock Crows and Peter’s Denial
Can anyone ever make a rooster crow? How about making one not crow? Now, think of the divine timing when right after Peter had denied Jesus for the third time, the rooster crowed at that exact moment (John 18:27). That’s why I asked, “Who can make a rooster crow against his will? Who can prevent him from crowing when he wants too? God is the obvious answer. Jesus knew it was going to happen and exactly when it was going to happen, showing that Jesus is still sovereign over nature even during His trial, scourging, and crucifixion.
I think the greatest miracle that God does in us is the conversion of a child of wrath to a child of God. This happens when we are regenerated from within; He gives us a new heart, with new desires, and new capacities to overcome sin and to live for Him. We are a new creation in Jesus Christ (2nd Cor 5:17) and as such, we strive to do things that please God. This doesn’t mean we won’t ever sin again but when we do, we won’t enjoy it; we will repent of it, confess it, and be cleansed (1st John 1:9).
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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