Monthly Archives: January 2022

Miracles – Mon – 22-01-17



I once supervised a team of people in my workplace. They were a great team and made me look good through their efforts! I could assign tasks to my team members. They in turn would perform the work. This is similar to the military. When an officer gives orders, he has confidence that they will be carried out. However, in the military, soldiers don’t have a choice. They must obey the authority of the chain of command. And, they can’t quit if they receive an order they don’t like. Unlike my team members who could quit at any time.

Jesus once healed the servant of a Roman military officer. The servant was near death when the officer sent for Jesus. The officer was a good man and knew he didn’t deserve for Jesus to enter his house. So, he sent friends to tell Jesus to just command the healing from afar – just like a military commander gives orders. Luke 7:9-10 tells us Jesus’ response, “When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, ‘I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.’ Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.” (NIV)

What was the faith of the officer? He knew Jesus had the authority to command the healing.

We too, must remember that Jesus has been give all authority in heaven and on earth. So, trust him!


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Miracles – Sun – 22-01-16



A recent news article said laughing was  outlawed in North Korea for eleven days. I know! Strange, right? The dictator outlawed laughter and other fun activities to observe the 10th anniversary of his father’s death. Sometimes governments ban the strangest things! This was true even in Jesus’ day.

For instance – would you outlaw miracles of healing? That sounds like a perverse idea, doesn’t it? In Jesus’ day, miracles themselves were not outlawed, But they might as well have been. The religions leaders of the day had laws that banned certain activities on the Sabbath day. They were incensed when Jesus healed on the Sabbath. They did not allow that kind of activity!

In Mark 3, Jesus healed a man with a deformed hand. He called the man to the front of the synagogue and asked the religious leaders this, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” (Mark 3:4 NIV) The religious leaders did not answer him. Jesus looked at them in anger. He was deeply distressed by their stubborn efforts to condemn him rather than help the man. Then he healed the man’s hand.

This miracle not only shows Jesus’ compassion for the disabled, but also his anger at people who are so consumed with their own rules that they fail to help others. Let’s keep our eyes on doing good and loving people!


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Miracles – Sat – 22-01-15



John 5:2-9 says, “Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie–the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?’
Sir,’ the invalid replied, ‘I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.’
Then Jesus said to him, ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’ At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.” (NIV)

Did you notice the disabled man talked about the water being stirred? He wanted someone to help him to be first into the pool. He thought healing would come from the water. He was totally oblivious to the power of Jesus, who stood right in front of him. Jesus commanded him to get up and the man was immediately cured.

As you go through the problems and challenges of your life, where do you look for help? Are you oblivious to the help Jesus can give? Put your faith in him!


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Miracles – Fri – 22-01-14



One of my favorite miracles is the one in Luke 5 where Jesus healed a paralyzed man. Jesus was in a house teaching. People were crowed in and around. Some men came with a paralyzed man on an improvised stretcher. But they couldn’t get close to Jesus. So, they went up on the roof and removed the roofing material. They lowered the man down in front of Jesus. However, Jesus surprised them. He didn’t heal the man. He told the man his sins were forgiven. This caused some religious leaders there to mutter. They said something like “Who does he think he is? Only God can forgive sins.”

Verses 22-25 pick up the story, “Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, ‘Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, “Your sins are forgiven,” or to say, “Get up and walk”? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. . . .’ He said to the paralyzed man, ‘I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.’ Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God.” (NIV)

This is a good reminder for us. Jesus has the power to heal. That power proves something more important. Jesus has the power to forgive. May you enjoy forgiveness from Jesus!


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Miracles – Thu – 22-01-13



One of the early miracles of Jesus was healing a man with leprosy. Luke 5:12-15 tells the story:

“While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.’
Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ And immediately the leprosy left him.
Then Jesus ordered him, ‘Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.’
Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.” (NIV)

To me, the most amazing thing in this miracle is that Jesus reached out his hand to touch the leper. He didn’t need to. We’ve seen an example where Jesus healed someone remotely, from miles away. Can’t you just hear the crowd gasp when Jesus reaches out to touch the leper?! No one wanted to touch a leper! And this man was covered with leprosy. Jesus did not simply use divine power to heal the man. He connected with him on a personal level. This miracle shows us the almighty power of Jesus alongside his love. We also need to spread the news about both Jesus’ power and his love.


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Miracles – Wed – 22-01-12



Every now and then, some tweet or post on social media “goes viral.” In other words, it spreads quickly, like a fire in a dry, overgrown California forest. Sometimes the viral post is a cute video, such as a puppy. Or it may be someone’s dance moves. Often, it is something amazing, like a death-defying stunt or near miss.

Did you know that news about Jesus also went viral? Oh, they didn’t call it that back in his day. But talk of Jesus’ miracles spread quickly and widely. One example is in Mark 1. Jesus was teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum on the Sabbath. People were impressed with what he taught. They were also impressed with the authority he displayed as he taught. That’s when a demon possessed man interrupted him. Jesus commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man, and it did. Verses 27-28 say, “The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, ‘What is this? A new teaching–and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him.’ News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.” (NIV)

Let’s face it, if you saw a miracle, you’d tell others, wouldn’t you? But things go viral, not because everyone experienced it, but because people pass on the news. So, to whom will you pass on the news of Jesus’ miracles?


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Miracles – Tue – 22-01-11



Wouldn’t it be nice to talk to actual witnesses of Jesus’ ministry and ask them what convinced them to believe in Jesus? Well, we can do something like that, at least in the case of Simon Peter. If you asked Peter why he believed in Jesus, he would say, “Fish, a lot of fish.” The story is told in Luke chapter 5. Jesus was standing by the Sea of Galilee. He climbed into Peter’s boat to get a little distance from the crowd. Then he taught the crowds on shore from the boat. When Jesus finished, he asked Peter to head out and drop the fishing nets. Peter was reluctant. He’d been out all night and had caught nothing. I’m sure he wanted breakfast and a nap! But Peter did it anyway. And he drew in such huge load of fish they needed two boats! And the boats were so full of fish they began to sink!

Verses 8-11 tell us the rest of the story. “When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, ‘Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!’ For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.’ So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.” (NIV)

I hope that as you hear of Jesus’ miracles, you will also follow him!


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Miracles – Mon – 22-01-10



The bible records over 30 miracles that Jesus performed. John 2:23 indicates that Jesus performed many miraculous signs while attending Passover. But no details are given. The second miracle recorded happened after Jesus returned from Jerusalem to Cana in Galilee. A royal official in Capernaum had a son near death. This man journeyed to Cana to beg Jesus to come and heal his son. Jesus didn’t go. Rather he told the man to go, his son would live. The next day, as the man was traveling home, his servants met him. They told him the boy had been healed. When they compared notes, the official realized that his son had been healed at the exact time when Jesus said the boy would live.

Jesus healed the boy over a distance! He didn’t need to see him or touch him. Capernaum was at least nine miles away as the crow flies, longer if walking on the roads. Yet Jesus healed the boy without even seeing him! The man and all his household believed in Jesus. That’s exactly why the miracles were recorded – believing in Jesus. John 20:30-31 says, “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” 


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Miracles – Sun – 22-01-09



Have you ever thought that Jesus was reluctant? This week the podcast will look at the first miracles Jesus performed during his ministry. As we look at the very first miracle, it seems that Jesus was reluctant to perform it. Do you know the story of his changing water into wine?

 Jesus was attending a wedding with his disciples in Cana of Galilee. Evidently, the hosts ran out of wine – a real embarrassing situation. So, Jesus’ mother Mary, who was also attending, told Jesus, hoping he’d address the situation. Jesus was reluctant, saying his time had not yet come. But, he instructed the servants to fill six large storage jars with water. Each held 20 to 30 gallons. After they were filled, Jesus told the servants to draw some out and give it to the master of the banquet. The water had turned to wine!

The exact reason Jesus seemed reluctant is unclear. But the result of the miracle is not. Not only were people impressed with the high quality of wine produced, but something more important happened. John 2:11 says, “This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.”

As we looked at miracles of Jesus this week and next, may you see his glory! May you also see the evidence that Jesus is God’s Son and place your trust in him!


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