This week we read about some of the miracles that Jesus did. The feeding of the five thousand, walking on water, healing disease and the raising of the dead are all miracles that were evidence to the truth that Jesus was indeed divine. However, there is a paradox that accompanies the consideration of Jesus’ miracles that we should be mindful of. On one hand, Jesus himself, said that the reason he performs these miracles is so that people may believe that he is God. (….believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father. John 10:37-38) On the other hand, when some of the religious leaders came to Jesus demanding that he perform a miracle to authenticate his authority Jesus declined. (Matthew 16:1-4) Add to this seeming paradox, the statement made in the gospel of Mark that because his own home town did not hold Jesus in honor, “he could not do any miracles there” we might be considerably confused about why and how Jesus went about doing miracles!
As you read about the miracles of Jesus, I’d love to hear what God brings to mind about this seeming paradox! When and why did Jesus perform the miracles he did? What would have prevented him from performing them all the time? Do you think we see miracles today like we read about in these gospel accounts? If so, in what way? If not, why not? Do you think experiencing a miracle first hand would strengthen your faith?
Hope to hear from you!