dddoo7 last edited by dddoo7
The miracles that the apostles performed were very amazing and interesting displays of power. The main purpose of each miracle was to convince those who saw it that the one performing the miracle was from God. Secondary purposes often were to help people such as the lame or blind.
Not one time in the New Testament will you find Jesus or the apostles performing a miracle for their own gain or benefit. It was quite the opposite of that. Paul suffered with the “thorn in the flesh” and didn’t miraculously heal himself even though he was capable of miracles. Jesus didn’t turn the stones to bread to feed Himself or cast Himself down from the temple in Matthew 4 because those miracles would not have been evidence to anyone.
Jesus was human, yet still had power to do miracles. Jesus grew and matured as we do. Jesus felt pain like we do. Jesus even died as a human. As a human, He was fully capable of sadness, sickness, heartache, disease, and other struggles of being human.
So how did Jesus react when faced with great and horrible diseases. He didn’t run in fear constantly worried that He would contract a disease? He didn’t fail to do good because he worried about getting sick. Jesus trusted God and continued faithfully serving Him. Jesus even helped the lepers knowing full well that He was human and could contract the disease. Jesus helped them knowing full well that He would not selfishly perform a miracle to heal Himself. Jesus trusted God.
Luke 5:12-13 says, “And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.”
We are face today with a great pandemic. We can run in fear of it, stop doing good, and hide out fearful that we might get sick, or we can continue doing the will of God trusting that He will work it for good. We must continually look for opportunities in this great chaos to truly help and be a Christian to those in need. If we trust God, we can stare death and disease in the face and still not be afraid. If we don’t trust God, then Satan has accomplished his purpose with the evil he has put forth.
orkan last edited by
Look for good in all things.
Might be the will of God that we use this "quarantine" as a way to reconnect with our families. I've seen mention of everyone being "stuck at home" many times. Such a strange attitude.
It's a gift to be home with your families.