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Learning to Walk (2)

All miracles involved displacing natural and/or physical laws. In the NT people were healed when the Lord Jesus said they would be healed. It was immediate and unexplainable to our senses.

Today we call it a miracle if miners survive a cave in and are rescued after a long period underground. Don’t get me wrong – I praise God and am pleased when people are rescued from harm’s way, when the unusual happens and lives are enriched or spared. But those cases are not miracles. It is not a miracle if someone takes a fall and should have been hurt but somehow wasn’t. Though wondrous, it is not a miracle when someone survives a wreck that “should have” killed them.

None of those things involves the suspension of natural laws as when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Lazarus had been entombed four days — there was simply no doubt that he was dead. That is what makes a miracle a miracle. When God had Moses divide the Red Sea north and south it was incomprehensible to those Israelites, and was understood as nothing other than the power of God in action. And when Jesus and his apostles restored sight to the truly blind and lepers were healed – those events were unexplainable in any human terms. The water was piled up in plain sight, and those who had never seen before or who had lost their sight were able to see the light of day in a moment, or exactly when they met the required conditions. A leper’s decomposing skin disappeared instantaneously. The laws that ruled daily lives were suspended during those events, God’s power overtook the processes.

The miraculous healing of the lame man in Acts 3 did not leave him limping around or struggling to stay upright. It states that… “immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.” (Acts 3:7-8). When you have never stood up or walked, you do not know how to take the first step, or even if you can. Yet this man started leaping and walking when Peter took him by the hand.

We are pretty loose in assigning miraculous status to events, and some of that amounts to expressional exaggeration or hyperbole on our part. In our minds we know there are no miracles today, whether we admit to it or not. And not a single one of us has ever witnessed a miracle. Further, no one around today can suspend the first physical law or call upon the power of God while others watch a clear delivery of anything supernatural, whether healing sicknesses, restoring sight to the blind, healing limbs or raising the dead. Since the last apostle and those few disciples who had been given those powers died, such things have not occurred – not at all, not anywhere, not at any time. But unfortunately, some people are duped by impostors whose staged shenanigans are called miracles by the false teachers and servants of unrighteousness.