In the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, the Soviet Union was heavily favored to win the gold medal in the men’s ice hockey competition. They had won the gold medal four times. The United States men’s team faced the Soviet Union in the semi-final game. The US team was mostly amateur players. The Soviet team was composed of experienced professional players. The US won the game. It has since been known as “The Miracle on Ice.” The US went on to win the gold medal in the final game.*
But was the victory really a miracle? We use that word in different ways. Here it simply means the victory was so unexpected and unlikely, it seemed like a miracle. In contrast, the word miracle is used in the Bible to describe acts of God, such as walking on water.
This week, we are going to look at some of the miracles of Jesus and the apostles. The first thing we want to examine is why were miracles performed? Peter provided the answer in Acts 2:22, when he said, “’Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.'”(NIV) In other words, miracles proved that Jesus was from God. Isn’t it nice to know God provided proof of who Jesus is?!
*”Miracle on Ice,” Wikipedia, last updated June 22, 2021, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_on_Ice.
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