Miracles: What Do They Say About Jesus

by Kai-Michael Walther

Miracle: an event or occurrence that is not contributed to human ability but rather to the supernatural, usually a deity.

Such is a paraphrase of the dictionary definition and most would agree with that definition.

5000John, in chapters 4-6, writes about a number of miracles – the feeding of the 5000, the healing by the pool, healing the official’s son, and walking on water in a strong wind.

Each fits the definition of a miracle, and many in Minnesota can also claim the last one – although the water would have been frozen when walked upon.

But what does a miracle say about Jesus himself?

Reading through these four miracles, one thing stood out – they seemed a bit off hand, almost an after thought to his main purpose – teaching His disciples.

Every time he performs a miracle it is because he has been interrupted in his teaching. The official comes to him and begs, the man on the mat is in the street as Jesus is headed elsewhere, the crowd follows him because of these miracles, and walking on water was a necessity as his disciples left without him.

Does this mean we should treat them as an after thought? No.

What I believe this says about Jesus is this: if a miracle will get you to listen to what you need to hear, then here is the object lesson.

We are more willing to believe what someone says when they can back it up. Jesus backs up what he is teaching with the miracle ps he performs. It allows him to continue instructing the disciples, and those who come to listen, in the good news of salvation.

“What about modern miracles?” Is usually the next question that comes to mind.

Do they happen?

How do we know?

What are they teaching us about Jesus now?

The first miracle which comes to mind is the Miracle on Ice when the US won the Gold during the 1980 Winter Olympics. Most people focus on the US beating Russia and they forget the team still had to play, and beat Finland for the gold.

Was it a miracle or hard work?

What I do know is a miracle is the fact my father is still alive. Most of you who read this know my father had open heart surgery a few years ago, but many of you don’t know how close he came to not making it. A number of years prior to the surgery, my father had a pacemaker installed.

As a family, we knew he needed bypass surgery, but the cardiac doctor took time to test my dad to make sure they did everything while they “had the hood open” (my description at the time). So, when it came time to the surgery, a triple bypass and heart valve repacement and repair was scheduled.

What transpired on the operating table was a little different; it read more like a to do list by the end: triple bypass – check, heart valve replacement – check, repair – not one but two, add the following- an aortic ring and repair a hole inthe side of the heart (a childhood defect). The problem came after surgery when they couldn’t stop the bleeding and could find no cause for it.

The surgeon have my dad less than a 50:50 chance of survival.

However, after talking to my mom and siblings who were at the hospital, he ordered a procedure that is not usually given to patients in my dad’s condition, and definitely never more than once.

The surgeon had the procedure (the insertion of microscopic patches) done 5 times to stop the bleeding.

Once this procedure was completed he gave my dad a 60 percent chance of surviving until morning. As you know, he made it; some of you met him at Taunya’s graduation party.

He is a walking miracle and it tells me that Jesus still looks after us and says, even if we don’t hear it, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”

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