Saturday, April 2, 2011

Did Christ's Miracles have Meaning?

Most people think God performed miracles through Jesus just to show (or help prove to) people that he was indeed of Him.  While this is definitely true, they were in fact a WHOLE lot more! Amazingly, most of the miracles Jesus performed (at least the ones God intended to be recorded in the Gospels) had a message behind them.  In other words, they were intended to teach people something.

Take for instance, the miracle of the ‘feeding of the 5,000’ … the people who were fed came looking for Jesus the next day, but Jesus realized WHY they came looking for him and rebuked them for not understanding his miracle the previous day, Ye seek me, not because ye SAW the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled” (John 6:26).  The English word “saw” was translated from the original Greek word “eidō” meaning: to understand; to recognize, realize, to come to know.

Jesus then explained the meaning behind his miracle to them, “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life” (John 6:27).  Ah, do you get it?  The people were all pumped up because Christ had provided them with food to eat the previous day, and THAT is why they came looking for him the next day.  They had failed to recognize the meaning behind Christ’s miracle, which was shouting (and I’m paraphrasing), “Food is just dirt (materialistic), thus it is nearly worthless, and I’m going to prove it to you by showing you how easily I can provide you with it (bring it into being) right now.  Rather, I want you to desire GOD’S WORDS!  Hunger and thirst for THEM!  For that is the real, valuable, spiritual food, that if you eat it (DO IT) will sustain your soul forever (obtain you eternal life)!”

See, Jesus possessed those “life-giving” words, and he spoke them continually: They are the WORDS of GOD (Love), teaching people to obey the 10 Love Commandments.  This is what Jesus wished the people he had fed the previous day were now ‘seeking him’ to hear. But it just wasn’t so!  How about you?

Blessings to you in Christ Jesus,


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