Tag: miraculous signs
Scripture reading for May 6th: John 4:43-54
Jesus was never one to do miracles just to satisfy someone’s curiosity. He knew each person and what they needed to help them with faith. He sometimes surprised people with His comments and offended others. In today’s reading, Jesus makes a strong statement to a royal official seeking healing for his son.
Jesus left the Samaritan village where He had ministered to the woman at the well, and headed for Galilee and His home town. Jesus noted that a prophet has no respect among the people He grew up with. Upon arrival, a certain ruler came to Jesus with a desperate request. He had a son who was sick and near death. He believed that Jesus could come and heal this boy. “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.” The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus replied, “You may go. Your son will live.” (John 4:48-50)
This royal official was not deterred at Jesus comment about miraculous signs. He was not seeking a sign, but needed a miracle to spare his son. He was desperate to have Jesus come and touch this son. He ignored the remark about the signs and Jesus honored his faith with a word of knowledge. His son would live and not die! This man exercised faith by “taking Jesus at His word”. “Consequently, faith comes by hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17)
Upon arrival at his home, this ruler found his son had recovered and that the recovery began at the exact hour he had received the word from Jesus. This truth brought faith to the whole household and all came to trust in Jesus Christ! Jesus had done this miracle so that this man and his family could come to faith. They were not curiosity seekers or just looking for something to excite them. They sought Jesus for a recovery for this son and their faith was rewarded!
This story teaches us the simple truth of trusting the word of Jesus. Jesus honors faith and He speaks a word to us that strengthens our faith. Miracles can help people to trust in Jesus. We should always seek the Lord for His miraculous work to flow through us. Take Jesus at His word! Miracles are still happening!
Scripture reading for May 2nd: John 2:1-25
Jesus Christ was a glorious man and the Son of God! His glory came from within, as He had nothing supernaturally special about His physical appearance. (Isaiah 53:2) This glory came from a life totally submitted to God and under control of the Holy Spirit. (John 5:30) This glory came as a result of purity in thought, word, and deed that no other human was capable of because of their sin nature. Jesus revealed His glory through His life of obedience to the Father and John the Apostle has written down some unique miracles and incidents that show this glory and prove Jesus was the Son of God and worthy to believe in.
The wedding at Cana in Galilee was graced by Jesus and His mother. At this wedding feast, they ran out of wine and Jesus’ mother came to Him and asked for help. Jesus at first was reluctant to get involved, but wanting to honor God by honoring His mother, He gave instructions to the servants to draw water in six stone jars of about thirty gallons each. They then took this water to the banquet host to sample. When he tasted it, he was amazed that this wine was the best of the banquet! “This, the first of His miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed His glory, and His disciples put their faith in Him.” (John 2:11) The result of this revelation of glory was faith in His disciples.
The next sign of His glory wasn’t so exciting to the religious folks of His day. Jesus entered the temple courts and found men selling and trading and changing money. He made a whip and drove them out, overturning the tables of the moneychangers! Jesus reprimanded them, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn My Father’s house into a market!” (John 2:16) His disciples remembered later that the Scriptures said that zeal for God’s house would consume the Messiah.
The religious leaders asked Jesus for a miraculous sign to give proof of His authority to drive the moneychangers from the temple. Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” (John 2:18-23) This was to be the greatest sign of His glory given to the whole world! Jesus spoke of the resurrection of His body after three days in the grave! He arose!
Scripture reading for October 30th: John 1-2
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” (John 1:1-5)
John’s Gospel account of the life of Jesus begins like that of Genesis. Instead of “In the beginning God”, we have “In the beginning was the Word.” Jesus Christ is the final Word of God from heaven for us. He is God and was with God in the beginning of all things. Jesus Christ is the Creator of all things and the giver of all life. His life is the light of all mankind. Mankind is in darkness because of sin and struggles to understand this “Light” from heaven.
“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) This Word became flesh and was incarnated as a human man, born of a virgin woman. This Word, who is God, pitched his tent in our midst and lived with mankind. As He lived among the Jews of His day and time, They beheld His glory, the glory of the One and Only Son of God. This Son of God was full of grace and was truth. He did not come to condemn the world, but to save it. He did not hate the world, but loved it’s people enough to come and dwell with them.
This Word, who came from the Father, revealed God’s glory to mankind. This glory was revealed by the life He lived which was full of grace and truth. He performed miracles of grace, like the turning of the water into wine at the wedding in Cana. John records that “He thus revealed His glory, and His disciples put their faith in Him.” (John 2:11b) He healed the sick, cast out demons, fed thousands, walked on water, calmed the sea, and even raised the dead, revealing His Glory to draw men in darkness to it! His own resurrection was the ultimate demonstration of His Glory to mankind. Have you beheld His glory and put your faith in Jesus?