I am going through the miracles of Jesus in the order that they happened. It’s bringing them to life in a new way. They are not individual stories but this journey of Jesus’ power and compassion. That really hit me today as I realized that miracle number 7 is the miracle Jesus did for Lazarus. Bringing someone back from the dead is seriously significant. It’s always been awe inspiring for me, but I am sure the Carman song, ‘Lazarus Come Forth’ is a contributor. I was a child when that came out and the music reached into my soul and told me that anything is possible.
So today I realize that this miracle is the 7th one but I know there are 37 miracles of Jesus and I thought, wait, Jesus what are you doing?? This is one of your best miracles – you have 30 more to go, don’t give up the goods yet – you always save the best for last! Everyone knows that. Sigh. Jesus isn’t everyone. He didn’t do things the way we think they should and that includes, especially, his miracles. The most important thing that is hard for our minds to grasp is that His miracles were not a show. We encounter performers all day every day, and we are sometimes performers ourselves. Jesus wasn’t performing. He was living his life, doing what he was supposed to do and encountering hurt and needy people on the way. When he encountered them, he healed them. It was about him and the individual. Of course, he knew that others would be radically changed by his work in that one person but that doesn’t change that the work was about that person and not about a performance.
I felt like He was saying directly to me, come and see the work I want to do in you, the work I had started long ago, and I am being faithful until it is complete, and you come home. His work in my life is nothing short of a miracle. It is definitely the dead being brought back to life. It is definitely learning how to see and walk. It is definitely finding health and wholeness. All the miracles that Jesus did in each of these people are the same ones He is doing in me, every single day.
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