He picked the ball up in his own half and ran forward, leaving three defenders in his wake and then unleashed an unstoppable shot that arrowed into the top corner. Our question when hearing that story would be; who did that? What was his name?
Questions are important and we often ask the wrong ones when we are exploring the truth about Jesus. The Gospels record Jesus bringing people back to life or feeding thousands from portions of bread and fish and our reasoning process says it is impossible to raise the dead or to think that a few slices of bread could feed a multitude. We may decide to dismiss the miracles as myths, but wait a moment – are you asking the right question?
The validity of miracles depends on who claimed them. If Jesus were just a man among men, trying to impress then we would have every reason to think that his so called miracles were just magic tricks or illusions. However, if Jesus is God, then feeding thousands of people with a few loaves and fish is simply a matter of course. When we approach this issue of miracles we need to examine the miracle worker more than the miracle.
What does the Bible say about Jesus? He is declared to be the creator of the Universe. Colossians chapter 1 and verse 16 says this; all things were created by him. He created everything in heaven and on earth. He created everything that can be seen and everything that can't be seen. He created kings, powers, rulers and authorities. Everything was created by him and for him.
If that is true then the one who created the natural laws can suspend them as he wishes and perform whatever miracles he chooses. The wonders of Jesus display his power and give us the evidence we need to show that his claims to be God are genuine and not fake. A weak insipid deity is of no use. We do not need a god far away but a personal God who offers forgiveness to all who believe. Changing lives requires a real miracle!
1 Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival was near.
5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.”There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
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