Miracles have always been a prominent factor in the wide impact of Christian faith. Without them, the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ would long ago, have faded into the dust of history. Jesus constantly emphasized to His followers that “with God nothing will be impossible,” Luke 1:37.
Many reject the concept of miracles because of the many fake and phony ones fostered on the public. Remember, there would be no counterfeit miracles, were there not genuine ones to counterfeit.
Several hundred extraordinary miracles are recorded within the pages of the Bible. That’s why it is the greatest book of hope ever written. According to the dictionary a miracle is, “an event that appears to be contrary to the laws of nature and therefore is regarded as an act of God.” However, the significant feature of Biblical miracles is not that they always contradict or supersede natural laws, but it is their timing. They always occur at the command or from the prayer, of the person to whom they are related. Talk about adventure and excitement. What exciting reading for children as well as adults, to read about the walls of Jericho falling at the sound of the trumpets of Joshua’s army. The miracle of David killing the giant Goliath is another great miracle. How about the miracle of Daniel coming out unharmed after spending a night in the Lions den or, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego surviving in Nebuchadnezzar’s fiery furnace without even the smell of smoke on their clothes when they came out.
We read in Matthew 8:27 that one night Jesus and his disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee in their little fishing boat when a sudden life threatening windstorm arose upon the dark water. Fearing for their lives they woke Jesus from sleep in panic. He rebuked the wind and said, “Peace be still”, to the sea. There was immediately a great calm. “What manner of man is this,” exclaimed the disciples, “that even the winds and the sea obey him?”
This miracle is most significant for it proves beyond doubt that Jesus had supreme authority over nature; that not only the winds and the sea, but all the power of Satan and evil are under His authority. He was, and is, Lord of all things pertaining to human life and death. This miracle is overwhelming evidence of the central truth of the Christian faith, that Jesus Christ possesses the same powers and attributes of God Himself. He has the willingness and the power to rescue all who call on His name. “-Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romams 10:13. He saves from the guilt and power of sin, from the fearful prospect of death, judgment and eternal punishment, from hopelessness and despair. Whatever fears and challenges expose our human desperation, all who believe and trust in Jesus will find in Him, a more than sufficient Savior.
Pastor Gene Holman of Living Word Fellowship in Gardnerville is a member of Carson Valley Ministers’ Association.