Most of us long for miracles. And Jesus’ perfect life, death on sinners’ behalf as the fulfillment of Passover, and His physical resurrection prove that He is willing and able to meet our greatest needs: complete forgiveness and a new heart to trust and follow Him as our living King. But even in the Bible, most of the journey with Jesus is lived in the moments between miracles. In this 50-day series, we’ll consider some of those moments leading up to the next great miracle in the New Testament: the fulfillment of Pentecost and the incredible growth of the Church.
I know better than to assume or demand more understanding about the Lord than He’s clearly revealed in His Word. He’s told us what He wants us to know. I would be foolish even to imply that I know better or should know more. But I do get curious about John 20:30.
What other miracles did Jesus perform in front of His disciples? Seriously. He had fed thousands with a few handfuls of food, healed impossible illnesses with just a touch, raised the dead with just a word, and He came back from the most violent and public death. What more could He do?
Certainly, He could’ve done anything consistent with His character to honor God the Father. The question more pertinent to our faithful following may be “Why did He do more miracles for them than are recorded for us?”
The answer may be implied in the next verse: these things are recorded so that we may believe. It seems to me that Jesus gave more to whom more would be expected later. Isn’t that what we see consistently in His Word? Whenever the Lord had an unusually difficult task for someone, He spent more time with them and revealed more of Himself to strengthen their faith for their journey ahead. History tells us all of the disciples but John were killed for their devotion to Jesus is in spreading the message of the risen Savior and King of kings. Caesar didn’t care to share his throne.
In this devotional series, we are considering the moments between the miracles – the everyday, mundane duties of our lives. That doesn’t mean we can’t or shouldn’t ask Him to strengthen our faith here and now, even by His miraculous intervention.
Many times I have asked the Lord to work in such a clearly miraculous way that those involved would have to acknowledge His work, and He has often done so. But not always. The Lord is clear that His goal for us is “life in His name”, not necessarily life in the comforts of this world.
What are some of the key differences? Of foundational importance is what it means for Jesus to be “the Christ”. And that’s the subject of our next devotional.
I hope today’s thought and others in this series will be helpful to you as you journey with Jesus in the moments between miracles.