“Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.”
Acts 2:22 NIV
We now have strict truth-in-lending facts, product content information, nutrition data, service estimate figures, consumer statistics and more. People today want to see what they are getting. They want the facts before their eyes.
Is it any wonder the world desires to see real Christians reflecting a God of miracles?
Jesus lived in the midst of miracles during His three-year ministry on earth. The things He did — the resurrection of Lazarus, healing the blind, restoring the maniac — could not have been done through human power. He performed these miracles, not in secret, but before friends, family, enemies, faultfinders, down-and-outers and the elite alike. His works were such that those around Him could not deny the facts. He freely welcomed examination of His miracles.
The apostle Peter recounted, “We did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty” (2 Peter 1:16 NIV).
Jesus, before He ascended into Heaven, sent out His followers with this miracle-filled mandate, “I tell you for certain that if you have faith in me, you will do the same things that I am doing. You will do even greater things, now that I am going back to the Father” (John 14:12 CEV).
A life of ministering in the miraculous begins with a holy dissatisfaction with the way things are. Jesus came to earth to change things for all eternity. The apostles understood that they were agents of change. They were to take His message of salvation and miracles to the nations. They spent the remainder of their lives carrying that message to a lost and dying world.
God desires to intervene miraculously in the hearts and lives of all mankind.
He has called us to continue this miracle-filled legacy that extends throughout the Old and New Testaments until today! Are we willing?