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The Miracle You Need

by Thor Ramsey

The miracle that you desire may not be the miracle you need.

Now, what do I mean by that?

During my daily Bible reading the other day, I came across this passage of Scripture:

Matthew 16:1-4 

16 And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3 And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. 4 An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed.

As I thought about the miracles of Jesus, I remembered several instances where He did miracles of compassion. He was confronted by people in need and healed them because He had compassion on them. He also did many miracles of demonstration, miracles that displayed His deity. "Who is this that He commands the wind and waves?"

The kind of miracles we never see from Jesus are miracles on demand, which is what the Pharisees and Sadducees wanted. They treated the God of the universe like a genie in a lamp. "Do a trick for us and we'll believe." But Jesus didn't answer their request with a rendition of You Ain't Never Had a Friend Like Me. No, He categorized their request as evil and adulterous.

Yet, He didn't leave them without hope. He told them they would be given one sign, the sign of Jonah. If you remember the story of Jonah, he was swallowed by a whale and didn't see the light of day until three days later. Jesus said Jonah was foreshadowing His death and resurrection.

He is the risen Savior.

His words have the life of someone still speaking because He is risen. So, when you open the Bible, Christ is speaking to you. You'll find Him giving you assurances and warnings and more hope and joy than your soul can hold.

That's the miracle the Pharisees and Sadducees needed, but didn't want -- the resurrection of Christ. That's why I began by saying, "The miracle that you desire may not be the miracle you need."

Whatever you think you need, the miracle that will do you the most good today is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The resurrection is our proof that everything will one day be set right.

Sure, God can still do whatever He wants, but that's just it -- He does whatever He wants, not what we demand. But the one miracle He has invited everyone to partake of is the resurrection of His Son.

That’s the miracle that will get you through the rest of your life.

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