April 1 – Miracles

Read: Isaiah 35:5-6 & Matthew 11:2-6

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; (Isaiah 35:5, 6 ESV)

Around 700 B.C. the Old Testament prophet Isaiah lived and ministered among the Jews. His written work which bears his name is sometimes called the “Fifth Gospel” because of how frequently he prophesied about Jesus. Isaiah prophesied plainly that the Messiah would be a miracle worker.

I’ve spent a lot of time hearing about and thinking about miracles in my life. I grew up within a Christian movement that openly accepts not only the possibility, but the likely probability, of miracles. I believe that I have even experienced a couple of miracles during my life.

I don’t think that average common Jew was very familiar with the likelihood of the miraculous before Jesus came on the scene. They had all of the stories of Moses and the Judges to cling to, but religious oppressiveness had most likely pushed their expectation for any direct interventional supernatural activity initiated by God out of their minds. Some groups of Jews actually vehemently denied the possibility of the supernatural.

Jesus changed everything.

He was more than an illusionist. He was more than a sorcerer. He was even more than a miracle worker. He was God, come to be with man so that he might save man. While he was here he performed a lot of miracles. He did them everywhere he went. He did them for followers, strangers, neighbors, allies, and sometimes even enemies.

Do you believe in the possibiltiy of miracles? What is a miracle you would like to see? What is a miracle you might be in need of?

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