Minister’s Forum: God is the god of miracles
March 13, 2009
I would like you to consider three reasons for the miracles of God. The first reason is to glorify God. The second reason is to confirm the claims of Christ as the son of God. The third reason is to usher in the age of Christianity through the birth, life, suffering and death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In John 9:1-3, we have a reason for man blind from birth being healed by the miracle-working Christ. “Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And his disciples asked Him, saying, Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.” The man could now see, and God got the glory.
It was thought in biblical times that people were punished when they sinned against God. In Job, Job’s four fair-weather friends thought the same thing. As Job sat day-in and day-out at the city’s landfill, his friends implored him to “fess up” and reveal to them the horrific sin he must have committed to warrant such punishment. In his final answer to his friends, all Job could say was, “though He slay me, I will not curse God.”
It’s not your sin that gives you difficulties, it’s your rejection of Jesus Christ as your savior. The life of Jesus Christ abounds with miracles. From His conception to the resurrection, as well as His ascension into heaven, all were the doings of the Heavenly Father.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ laid open the path to God. Confess your need of a savior and the forgiveness of sin, believe on Jesus and your soul will live eternally in His glorious presence. The miracles of Christ and the Apostles established Christianity throughout the known world. Man has tried to stamp out Christianity to no avail.
Let me introduce to you a favorite gospel song that expresses my view in the things of God: “It Took a Miracle”:
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“My Father is omnipotent, and that you can’t deny; A God of might and miracles, ’tis written in the sky. The Bible tells us of His power and wisdom all way through, and every little bird and flower are testimonies too. It took a miracle to put the stars in place; it took a miracle to hand the world in space; But when He saved my soul, cleansed and made me whole, it took a miracle of love and grace.”
In my ministry, I have seen miracles in the lives of many people, young and old. Sometimes the change is immediate, other times it may be the following day or some time later. The apostle Paul says we become a new creation in Christ Jesus, old things have passed away behold all things become new. Receive and follow Christ and you will live eternally in His presence. If you meet me, and forget me, you lost nothing. If you meet Jesus, and forget Him, you have lost everything.
” Thurston Ott is a-minister at large.