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 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 love the way Luke opens the book of Acts, his second work in the New Testament. Yes, Theophilus, the Lord Jesus did and taught incredible things while here on earth, but that was just the beginning. And, of course, His work didn’t end with Luke’s second account either. The risen Lord is still working in the lives of His followers to reveal His good news to the world.
When you think of Jesus’ teachings and actions, what comes to your mind? His amazing messages to crowds of thousands? Raising the dead? Healing the lame right in front of His enemies? All of those were incredible proofs of power and love, bou may have noticed that there are fewer and fewer of those types of events in the New Testament after His resurrection.
It’s not that the Apostles couldn’t do those things. The Lord had given an usual blessing of His Spirit for them to cast out demons and perform other miracles (Matthew 10:1), and they continued to do so several times after He returned to heaven. (Acts 5:12) But the miracles were never the main event. Even from the time of Moses and the first prophets, God enabled some of His people to do miraculous works for one specific purpose: to validate those people to the public as individuals who speak for the Lord about the Lord. (Exodus 4:1-9, 1 Kings 17:17-24, 2 Kings 1:10, Acts 14:3, etc.)
Now God’s revelation of salvation is complete in the words of those He inspired and publically authenticated as His mouthpieces. (Ephesians 2:19-20, 2 Peter 1:21, Revelation 22:18-19, etc.) His ongoing work from that time has been saving and transforming His people from fearful and self-indulgent individuals to members of His Body who still take up their cross to honor Him by sacrificial love, even when it costs them. These are the miracles He set before the world every day. (Matthew 5:11-16, 1 Peter 2:12, Revelation 1:12-2:5, etc.)
Jesus is still working to rescue and re-create people to honor Him by their new lives and their verbal testimony about His salvation. What will He do in you or in front of you today to draw your attention to Him? Watch, wonder, and talk with others about His amazing grace to the undeserving.
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.