Miracles

Jesus performed this first sign in Cana of Galilee. He displayed His glory, and His disciples believed in Him. John 2:11 HCSB

Jesus is still in the miracle business. A church where I served had run behind budget all year long and finances were tight. It appeared that we were going to have to dip into reserves as we finished the year with expenses over receipts. Without any emphasis from the pastor on giving, the church gave over $250,000 in one month. The history of giving of the church indicated that this had never happened and especially in December. I believe this was a miracle of God. The church finished the year in the black instead of the red. Since that time the giving has continued to be strong and the receipts are above expenses. Praise God!

John recorded that turning water into wine was Jesus’ first miracle, but there are some who debate if this was actually His first miracle. The occasion upon which Jesus told Peter to cast his nets on the other side of the boat and a record number of fish were caught may have been His first miracle. These verses say that Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding celebration, so evidently Jesus had already chosen the twelve disciples. John focused on Jesus’ miracles and confirmed that miracles were evidence that Jesus was The Messiah. Turning water to wine may have been His first miracle where there seemed to be no logical explanation. The disciples saw the water and then saw and tasted the wine. Regardless, Jesus characteristically demonstrated God’s power.

Challenge: Jesus is still in the miracle business of touching lives and changing people. Do not believe in Jesus because He performed superhuman miracles, but believe because He is God who came to earth to show us a better way and to die on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. Believe in Him and confess Him as Lord and you will be forgiven and receive eternal life, which is the greatest miracle of all.

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