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MIRACLES
WHERE  ARE  THEY?
 
Does not the Bible say that "these signs shall follow those who believe. . ."?
Should we not be seeing the same miraculous power in the Church today as there was in the days of Jesus, if His atonement and gift of the Spirit meant the continuance of His ministry in His Church?
 
 
Yes, but on the same conditions, and we are only His followers if we follow Him!
 
The
Bible expressly states that the very first miracle in the ministry of the Lord Jesus was when He turned water into wine at the Cana wedding.
  "This, the first of His signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested His glory. And His disciples believed in Him." John 2:11
We
are told that this was the first of the miracles for a very good reason. It demonstrated the tone or basis of all the miracles of Christ that followed. It also strengthened the faith of Christ's disciples – but they were already His disciples!
 
 
Jesus did not begin His ministry with miracles.
 
After
He was anointed by the Spirit, He withdrew (led by the Spirit) into the solitude of the Judean desert for self-denial in fasting-prayer and refuted the subversion of Satan – He then began to proclaim the nearness of the kingdom of God and its implications for personal living, just as John the Baptist who did no miracles at all.
Matthew 3:2
Mark 1:15
 
Jesus certainly did not begin with queues of people standing in line for prayer for healing or any other supernatural deliverance event!
 
 1. Teaching Comes First  
 
Christ's disciples became His disciples because of His teaching, not having witnessed one miracle.
They left their occupations to learn from Him as His full time students, before He had ever done one miracle.
That should say something to us today concerning our focus.
 
 2. Not For Publicity!  
 
The wedding at Cana of Galilee was not the expected place for the miraculous in the ministry of Jesus to begin. He was not even there to minister to people. He came simply as a guest with His disciples. For that reason He gave His mother such an abrupt answer –
 
  "Jesus said to her [His mother], 'Woman, what does this have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come'." John 2:4
 
It could not be clearer that Jesus did not think it an opportune time for any kind of ministry, even though His disciples were there with Him.
 
 3. Overflow of Faith  
 
However, Mary had enough confidence in the compassion of Jesus beyond the natural (certainly from her personal experience of Him in her home) to overrule His objections to any involvement in the wedding-catering crisis. Not only did she ignore His refusal, she instructed the servants to do whatever He said to them, even though He had agreed to nothing. This was the kind of resolute faith which years later touched the hem of His garment and interrupted Him on His way to a dying child.
Luke 8:41-50
 
Remember, every miracle in the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ was a temporary alleviation of the human plight.
No showmanship!
No gold dust!
No 'angel-feathers'!
 
It was no more than the 'scaffolding' of faith to help it reach beyond itself in response to God, so revealing God's compassions, that we might learn to trust God completely, beyond understanding. Lazarus, remember? Christ's close personal friend, whom He had raised from the dead, died again; for the biological body is not the destiny of those who belong to God.
 
Some have dared to turn the miracles of Jesus into formulas of ministry, and taught that sickness is of the Devil whose works Christ came to destroy, and therefore every sickness is to be healed if there is faith to receive it. So, if you don't receive it, it is your fault. Wrong! This is selective reporting at its very worst, and misrepresents the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
 
As great as the goodness of God is in His healing mercy, the best in this world is not good enough for the family of God.
 
 
All are called, beyond the tears and persecutions of this age, to a resurrection of glory – for when we see Him, we shall be like Him!
Hallelujah!

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