Miracles

27/03/2018


What is a miracle? 

Psalm 77.15: "You are the God of miracles, you have made your power known among the peoples."


Definition: Extraordinary fact where Phenomenon interpreted as a divine intervention.


Romans 1.19: "For what can be known of God is manifest to them, God has made them known."


The Bible is the Word of God. The purpose of the signs and miracles that were to be accomplished is clearly stated: Confirm the Word of God.

The first manifestation of the infinite power of God is the miracle of creation. It has the consequence of establishing the responsibility of men who do not want to recognize the creator. Miracles form an integral part of the biblical story, with the specific purpose of showing that they are the will of God. If there were no miracles, how could we know that this is a revelation from God? Without a miracle, there is no evidence of divine origin.


1-) The miracles of Moses.


Deuteronomy 6,22: "The LORD hath wrought before our eyes great and disastrous signs and wonders against Egypt, against Pharaoh, and against all his house."


Apart from Jesus, no other man has been the agent of so many prodigious manifestations of divine power as Moses: The Wounds of Egypt. Draining of the waters of the Red Sea. The water made sweet in Mara. Quails sent to the Sin desert and to Tabeera. Daily provision of manna for 40 years. The water gushing from the rock to Réphidim and to Mériba. Cataclysmic scenes at Sinai. The voice of God resonating from the mountain. The ten commandments written on the stone of God's finger. The face of Moses radiating. God spoke to Moses through the burning bush. The leprosy of Mary sent then withdrawn. Korah and his rebels engulfed by the earth. Punitive wounds in Tabeera, Kades and Peor. Aaron's staff blooming. The people healed by the bronze snake. Balaam's donkey speaks, Balaam utters amazing prophecies. Israel leads 40 years by a supernatural cloud. The clothes did not wear out, and the feet not swollen.


Numbers 14.11: "And Jehovah said to Moses, How long will this people despise Me, and how long will they not believe me, despite all the wonders I have done in the midst of them? from him?"


The LORD intervened by performing signs and wonders, great and overwhelming on Egypt. Oppositions to Moses were numerous. The Amalekites attacked him. The Edomites; the Moabites; the Ammonites; the Amorites and the Midianites united to block the passage to Canaan. His own people and his subordinates rebelled several times. Without the miraculous grace of God, it is difficult to conceive how he could have faced all this. Moses could not deliver the people of Israel and sustain them in the wilderness for 40 years without the direct and miraculous help of God. The Lord intervened throughout the Old Testament. Also with the prophets Elijah and Elisha with great miracles, to bring back to him the sons of Israel fallen into idolatry.


Joshua 24.17: "For the LORD is our God, who brought us out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, we and our fathers, who did these great men before our eyes. prodigies, and who kept us all the way that we followed, and among all the peoples among whom we have passed. "


One of the best-known of these miracles is the episode of crossing the Red Sea of Moses and the Hebrew people who were pursued by Pharaoh's army.

Archeological Note: Ron Wyatt, a Christian archaeologist, discovered in the Aquaba Gulf (Red Sea) submarine remains, tanks of the Pharaoh's army, including wheels; axles; bones of horses ....


2-) The miracles of Jesus Christ.


John 1:14: "And the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth, and we beheld his glory, a glory as the glory of the only begotten of the Father."


The greatest miracle of the creator for man, was his coming on earth, the Lord came to visit his people. His mission was to proclaim the Holy Word and tear humanity from the bonds of death. He came to save anyone who gives him his trust. Large crowds having heard of these miracles, had been coming for hundreds of miles around and Christ was healing them all in the moment.


Hebrews 1.2: "In these latter days God spoke to us through the Son, whom he made heirs of all things, by whom he also created the world...."


In addition to the supernatural manifestations, such as the announcements by angels, the virgin birth, the star that guided the Magi, Jesus through hostile crowds, purifying the temple, the transfiguration, the fall of the soldiers, the darkness to the crucifixion , the torn veil, the open tombs, the earthquake, the resurrection of Jesus, the apparitions of angels. Miracles for the Hebrew people, are all the implementation of God.


Psalm 103: 3 "It is he who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who delivers your life from the pit, who crowns you with kindness and mercy...."


 The Gospels record 35 miracles performed by the Lord Jesus:


- Miracles on the forces of nature: the water changed into wine; the two miraculous peaches; the storm calmed; the two multiplications of the loaves; Jesus walking on the waters; money for tribute; the dried fig tree.


- Physical healings: healing of the son of a royal officer; healing of a cripple; Pierre's mother-in-law; a leper a paralytic; the man with the dry hand; the servant of the centurion; both blind; a deaf mute; the blind of Bethsaida and Jerusalem; the disabled woman for 18 years; the woman having a haemorrhage; the hydropic man; the ten lepers; the blind Barthimée and the ear of Malchus.


- The healings of demons: a demoniac in the synagogue at Capernaum; a demonic blind and dumb; a demoniacal gerontian, a demonic mute; the daughter of the Syro-Phoenician woman; the epileptic boy.


Supreme demonstration of his divinity, the Lord raises the dead: the daughter of Jarius; the son of the widow of Nain and Lazarus at Bethany.


Matthew 4.23: "Jesus went through all Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing all disease and sickness among the people."


In addition to the 35 miracles that are specifically named and described; the Lord made countless other miracles. It is the will of God that everyone is cured of all diseases. Jesus was condemned to our place for all our sufferings, he is always able to help any ill or possessed person, who recognizes his need to be saved in this present century and future.


John 21:25: "Jesus did many other things: if they were written in detail, I do not think that the world could contain the books that one would write."


The Lord to accomplish these innumerable miracles did them in different ways: an act of will or by his Word, sometimes by his touch, or by laying on of hands. The Lord used his saliva more rarely. The patients touching his tunic were also cured. His miracles were the natural expression of his compassion for the suffering of humanity.

Matthew 15.30: "Then came a great crowd to him, having with him lame, blind, dumb, crippled, and many other sick, and they were put at his feet, and he healed them."


These miracles were meant to testify to the power of God by relieving the misery of men and showing compassion to his children. Many believed in Jesus when he saw his miracles. But the sight of miracles can not produce true faith: the Word must be received in the heart to produce repentance and accept the one who brings salvation: Jesus Christ.


Romans 10.17: "So faith comes from hearing, and what is heard comes from the word of Christ."


2-) Miracles after the resurrection of Christ.


John 15:23: "He who hates me, hates also my Father: if I did not do among them works that no one else did, they would have no sin, but now they have seen them, and they hated me and my father. "


The major miracle is the resurrection of the Lord by God. That night, an earthquake and an angel who, like a flash of light, made the guardians stationed in front of the sepulcher faint. They then testify to the chief priests, but they give them money to bring about an abduction from the disciples. Still refusing to believe and wanting to deny the facts, corruption became for the religious; the meager assurance of keeping their seats


Acts 1.3: "After he had suffered, he appeared to them living, and gave them many proofs, showing himself to them for forty days, and speaking of things concerning the kingdom of God."


Miracles in the book of Acts are also numerous, all having a message and meaning.The most striking are: the resurrection of Jesus and his many appearances to his apostles; his ascent to heaven before them and the visible manifestation of the Holy Spirit under tongues of fire at Pentecost and the vision of the risen Lord who was at the root of the conversion of the Apostle Paul.


Mark 16:20: "And they went forth to preach everywhere, and the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that were with him." 


Before the ascension, the last commandment of the great commission of the Lord Jesus, was to send his apostles around the world to preach the good news, so that they themselves might make other disciples. They all confirmed the good news of the Kingdom of God, through various miracles by the laying on of hands, preaching the work of the cross; repentance and risen Christ.


1 Corinthians 2.4: "And my word and my preaching were not based on the persuasive speeches of wisdom, but on a demonstration of the Spirit and power, that your faith should be founded, not on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. "


3-) Warnings.


Matthew 7.22: "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied by your name, have not we cast out demons by your name, and have we not done many things? Miracles by your name? Then I will say to them openly: I never knew you, depart from me, you who do iniquity."


Since the diviners of Egypt, Satan has always wanted to imitate divine miracles in order to seduce ever more lost souls. The Apostle Paul warns us severely that the enemy is quite capable of performing miracles or deceptive signs in order to tempt and enslave those who are not Christ's. And this is not surprising, since Satan himself disguises himself as an angel of light. All idols are of the devil, with the purpose of losing you in the traditions of men, to attract you to evil cults. The Holy Word PROHIBITS STRICTLY any religious representation that brings to a worship (statue, image ....) idolatry is a GREAT sin that leads to perdition. The supernatural phenomena, the wonders or the healings so great are they, not established in the Name of the Lord Jesus are of demonic origin.


2 Thessalonians 2.9: "The appearance of this ungodly man shall be by the power of Satan with all manner of miracles, signs, and deceitful wonders, and with all the seductions of iniquity for them that perish because they have not received the love of the truth to be saved .... "


Conclusion: Miracles are the will of God. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the given miracle of God for the man who believes and wants to be saved. It is the manifestation of redemption and eternal life offered to us in faith and repentance to the Lord Jesus. Today, all disciples are the channels and witnesses of miracles, by laying on of hands in the name of Jesus. As Jesus had commanded the early church. Miracles are supernatural demonstrations of God's love for humanity. They confirm the Holy Word received in repented hearts. Miracles, therefore, are the fullness of the Love of God, in the name of Jesus. Child of God, we communicate the good news in humility and compassion to others, so that the miracles of God may be manifested to the world through the laying on of hands. To believe the Word of God, the Bible is formal: only the humble acceptance of what God says in Holy Scripture can lead to salvation. Let us read this Word with faith, and we will be perfectly clear on our eternal fate. It is the Lord Jesus who acts through our repentance.


Mark 16.17 : "Here are the signs that will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will talk about new languages; They will seize snakes; if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and the sick will be healed."