What an amazing week we’ve had talking about the miracles of Jesus!
Have you enjoyed it as much as I have?
We started off with our Introduction Part 1, in which we dove into what exactly a miracle is and the characteristics that make it such. We came up with a simplified and practical working definition that said, “A miracle is an extraordinary event taken as a sign of the power of God!” We also discussed the five characteristics that a miracle has: demonstrable fact, worthy motive, presence of witnesses, instantaneous effects, and a sense perception.
Rebecca Faires reminded us that, “His (Jesus) miracles aren’t His message, but rather a testament to WHO He is.”
We then looked at what Jesus’ miracles can teach us about God and how they teach us to see Him for who He is: supreme and omnipresent, sovereign and omnipotent, merciful and good, and holy and omniscient.
We next moved into the second part of the Introduction (Part 2) and talked about what these miracles teach us about Jesus and the reasons that He performed them.
After that, we dug deep into when Jesus Feeds the 5,000. It’s interesting how it’s the only miracle that is accounted for in all of the Gospels. We saw Jesus approached by a large crowd who had gathered nearby. We talked about how Jesus had compassion on them just as He has compassion on us today. That compassion is at the heart of His character. It is WHO He is.
Next, Jesus tested His disciples, leaving us to ask the question: Did they really understand that He was the Messiah and that God would provide for their needs (as well as ours!)?
Then we saw Jesus bless the food and multiply what little was there into an abundance of food that was enough to feed everyone.
We ended with three interesting points reminding us of how: God sees our needs and has compassion on us, God allows impossible situations in order to bring about greater faith and trust in Him and that any need (no matter how small or great), if taken to Jesus, will be blessed and multiplied!
After that, we moved on to the miracle in which Jesus Walks on Water. It starts off with the Jewish people deciding to make Jesus king of their people. But even Jesus knew that He wasn’t sent to be a governmental king but an Eternal King. He wasn’t sent to rule His people but to save them!
As the story turns to the disciples in the boat at sea, we catch sight of a violent storm. Jesus shows His divinity by walking on water to save the disciples. Just like He came to save us! We saw Jesus bring His divine nature close, showing that He is always willing to meet us where we are at. No matter how far away from Him we have drifted.
We finally turned our study to one of my favorite miracles: Jesus Turns Water into Wine. This miracle of Jesus starts off with Him attending a wedding with His mother and friends. Everyone is having a wonderful time celebrating until they realize they’ve run out of wine! Oh no!! Mary, Jesus’ mother turns to her Son for help. And help, He does! Jesus sends the servants away to haul jugs of water back to His location and then He turns those filled water jugs into wine for the wedding celebration!
This whole event teaches us many lessons!
- First, we see how Jesus is active in our lives, just as He was active in the lives of His family and friends at the wedding in Cana.
- Second, we can turn to Him during our times of trouble, just as His mother did. He is always there waiting.
- When we turn to Him and place our trust in Him, we can see Him move in our lives. We will see the power He has over the events in our lives (whether big or small). Jesus sees our needs and He will make a way to provide for them out of His great love for us. Perhaps a miracle is even in store!
- Can you think of a time when God worked a real-life miracle in your life? I’d love to have you share it in the comments below.
- What is one time in your life when God allowed an impossible situation in order to bring about greater faith?
- What do you think was going through the servants’ minds as Jesus asked them to bring the jugs filled with water? Do you think they realized who Jesus really was?
I’d love to hear your comments on these questions or anything that God has laid on your heart so far during this study on the miracles of Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for this time to lean in closer to You. To discover who you are and what you are doing in our lives. Thank you for your Son, Jesus. What a gift! Open our eyes to see the miracles that you are still performing all around us each day. Let us remember that you are always close to those you love and are active in our lives. Help us remember to always turn to You in times of trouble and then wait for You to move in power around us. Thank you for your miracles. Help us to have greater faith and trust in You! In Jesus’ name. Amen.