Miracles / Day 3

BIBLE READING

Matthew 4: 24

News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralysed; and he healed them.

Matthew 15: 30

Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.

Matthew 10: 1; 8

Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and illness….

… Heal those who are ill, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

Luke 10: 1; 9

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go….

…Heal those there who are ill and tell them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”

REFLECTION

“Jesus taught and demonstrated that the Kingdom of God is a present-tense reality - it exists now in the invisible realm and is superior to everything in the visible realm…He spent His ministry showing us how to bring Kingdom power to bear on the works of the devil. Our ministry should do the same…Our assignment has never been about what we can do for God, but what can God do through us. That is the essence of the gospel: to do exactly what Jesus did and destroy the works of the devil.” (Bill Johnson)

With the arrival of Jesus on earth, Heaven came crashing into our world. In the Old Testament, miracles were isolated and sporadic, confined to a limited number of individuals such as Elijah and Elisha. However, with Jesus, every place he went, people were healed, set free and raised to life. Not just a few but literally hundreds if not thousands, and those are just the incidents we have recorded in the Gospels. As John tells us:

“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” (Jn 21: 25)

Not only did Jesus himself heal countless individuals, he also commissioned his disciples with the authority to do the very same things as he was doing. First of all, the 12, then the 72 and then every follower of Jesus is included in the ‘great commission’ command of ‘teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.’ (Matt 28: 20) This must include his instructions around healing and deliverance. Jesus even went so far as to state that we would do ‘greater things’ than he had done. (Jn 14: 12)

As Christians, we are all carriers of the Kingdom. Everywhere we go, Heaven goes with us. The invisible, spiritual realm all around us recognises the power and authority we carry. Unfortunately many of us have no idea just what we have been entrusted with. We can end up living like a homeless man in Dublin I read about in a newspaper recently who, after he died, it was discovered had a huge sum of money stashed away in a bank account. He didn’t access that which was rightly his and readily available and so lived so far below where he could have been living.

If you are a Christian, the Bible says you have been ‘born again.’ (Jn 3: 8) That alone is a miracle, a supernatural act. You have been rescued from the dominion of darkness and have become a part of God’s Kingdom. (Col 1: 13) You have every spiritual blessing in Christ readily available. (Eph 1: 3) You have received the fullness of the power of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1: 8) And you have been called, commissioned and commanded by Jesus, to go into every place and space, with his full authority, bringing healing to the sick, light where there is darkness, freedom where there is oppression and life where there is death:

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation… And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues…they will place their hands on people who are ill, and they will get well.” (Mk 16: 15-18) 

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