“So Jesus answered and said to him, ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ The blind man said, ‘Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.’ Then Jesus said to Him, ‘Go your way; your faith has made you well.’ And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.” Mark 10:52 (NKJV)
People always talk about miracles. And there is no reason not to, as they are real, and they are for now just as much as they were in the days of old. But there is a tendency for people to stand to the side, and believe in miracles for other people, yet never for themselves. And often, the miracle that is received is not quite the one asked for, yet is the result of God’s wisdom and plan for our lives, and while it does not look like a miracle, it will prove itself to be one.
A miracle does not have to be an explosive, exciting, ‘As Seen On TV’ kind of thing. A miracle can be as small as a mustard seed, like the faith that is required to receive it. And often, the miracle is not even something a person has requested, but comes from the request and faith of another person on their behalf. And that is a miracle in and of itself.
There are also those miracles that do explode on the scene in majesty and glory, that invite attention from people all over the world, and that take precedence in news stories. Movies are made, books and articles are written, all about the miracle, but seldom about the God who delivers them.
Jesus is the true Miracle. God sent Him to earth as a wee babe, and placed Him in a family who trained and nurtured Him in all the right ways. Jesus was loved, cared for, and had real family members. He learned to play and to work, and He “grew into” His true calling–being about His Father’s business. While we do not have a lot of information about Christ’s formative years, what we do have displays a loving and close family unit, one that honored God always.
The Miracle does not stop there. Jesus’ teaching and preaching ministry, once launched in earnest, took off like a rocket. Newspapers and TV, even if they had existed then, would not have been able to keep up. People who came to know and follow Jesus spread the word about this new Teacher, or “Rabboni”, as He traveled from place to place, touching hearts, minds, and souls. He became a man people talked about, whether they liked Him or not. He was the news of the day. And He persevered for His and His Father’s cause.
“Now, when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth!’ And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Loose him, and let him go.’ “John 11:44
Jesus performed miracles that are well documented in the Word of God. However, He is still doing them today. One of these miracles is the Miracle of Him–that He forgives the sinner’s sin, and accepts him or her unto Himself. He washes the repentant soul white as snow, and however many times that soul commits a sin and repents again, He washes it clean all over again. There is the miracle, that Jesus loves us that much, each and every person who walks this earth, at every time in history, in every place, remote or heavily populated, He is there, waiting to forgive and to bless with the abundant life He promised.
Jesus is the Miracle, and as such He is Our Hope. He makes the old day new, the weight of the world light as a feather, the broken heart healed and renewed. He is worthy of all praise, and of our love and devotion without any hesitation on our part. Share Him and the Miracle He is. And keep it within your heart that the miracle you may need is in His power to deliver. Use your faith and allow Him to work His miracle in and through you.
What miracle have you received, or are you waiting for? Let me celebrate with you what the Lord has done or is about to do on your behalf, and to His glory!