Do you ever read about the ministry/miracles of Jesus and get the feeling that you’re looking at a stack of history paper excerpts? I believe if we were all completely honest, we’d admit that occasionally that feeling sneaks in and we think; “OK- awesome miracles from Jesus- WAY BACK THEN.” Sometimes it’s hard to see the Jesus that performed those miracles (you know- the ones that are sometimes hard to relate to?) as the same Jesus that intervenes in our lives today.
It’s easier for us to look at the occasional miraculous happenings around the world (the obvious ones) and believe in the hand of God today, but oftentimes we overlook the day in- day out things. All are tied to the hand of Christ. Have a hard time believing that? Imagine your life for a minute, without the Holy Spirit living inside of you. The Bible says this:
And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you. (Romans 8:11)
That means that the very power that raised Christ from the dead is alive inside of you. Now- imagine that being gone… still don’t think you’d notice? Think of how many times God keeps you and your family safe, healthy, fed, given you His hope, love, and forgiveness every time you mess up. Even these things are miracles if you consider all the things that “could be”. Webster defines a miracle as this:
An unusual or wonderful event that is believed to be caused by the power of God
I’ve seen firsthand the miracles of God in my own life- and no, they didn’t look like the ones in the New Testament. The hand of God has shown up countless times to me, but if I had ever forgotten that the same Jesus from the Bible is the same today and forever, I could have just attributed it all to coincidence.
If you keep Jesus in the past as a historical figure and lose sight of the fact that He is still the miracle-working Savior that He always was, then our comfort for the present and hope for the future is gone. If Christ stayed in the past, that means the Holy Spirit would never be present in us.
It’s easy to read about the miracles of Jesus, even to believe them, and then to question if God really cares about your situations today. The works of God may not be as obvious as they were in those days (though sometimes those knock-down miracles still occur) but the power is is still here and the interventions are constant. Just imagine life without Him and you would probably be able to start naming some of your own miracles. Which Jesus do you see? The Bible-days hero or the ever-present King?