THE PURPOSE OF JESUS' MIRACLES
It is wonderful to read through the miracles of Jesus in the gospel of John: turning water into wine, healing of the nobleman's son, healing the lame man at the pool of Bethesda, feeding the five-thousand people, walking on water, healing of the man blind from birth, and raising Lazarus from the dead. Through these miracles, we see that Jesus is the source of our healing, sustenance, and life. He has power over nature, distance, time, and, most importantly, death. Many people followed Him because of the miracles that He had performed, but they were all missing the point. Jesus was not there to entertain them like a magician, but He is showing His power to them to help them understand that He is the Savior of the world and that by believing in Him, they would have life.
Even today, the purpose of Jesus' miracle is to lead people to believe in Him. When I went to Thailand several years ago for a short-term mission, our team went to a remote village. Many people there believed in many spirits. They believed that there were spirits everywhere, and the spirits were there to help or hurt them. Some of them offer sacrifices to the spirits to find favor from them. One afternoon, as we were walking through the village to invite people to our church service that evening, we visited a very sick girl. We asked the mother if we could pray for her, and the mother granted us to pray for her. After we prayed for the girl, she started getting better. God miraculously healed the girl. It was wonderful to see her in our church service that evening. The girl and many others came forward that evening to give their lives to the Lord.
The ultimate goal of Jesus' miracle is for us to believe in Him because it is through our faith in Him that we are saved. Although God cares about our healing and needs, our salvation is more important to Him. Our life on this earth is only temporary, but our salvation is eternal. There is nothing that our Lord Jesus cannot do. Everything is possible to Him, so let us continue to trust in His ways.
Ask yourself these questions: What is the purpose of Jesus' miracles? Why is it that my salvation is more important to Him?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in heaven, thank you for helping me to understand the purpose of Jesus' miracles. Thank you for saving me through your Son, Jesus. Thank you that there is nothing impossible with you. Please help me now with (mention your prayer requests). In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.