Why does God perform miracles?
We’ve been looking at the miracles that John has recorded throughout his gospel and today, we’re looking at John chapter 11 where He raises Lazarus from the dead.
This story is very well known and has been looked at from various angles. Jesus is indeed the resurrection and the life as indicated in verse 25. We can trust in His timing as Jesus explains in verse 15. Today, our focus is on the actual miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead.
John 11:41-43 “So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, Jesus called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
Jesus knew he could perform miracles. Jesus didn’t doubt His own power and ability. So why did He perform miracles at all? On the other perspective, why didn’t He just do a blanket miracle and heal every sick person or lame person? Why did He only perform certain miracles? Jesus answers these questions as He prepares to perform this miracle.
Jesus performed the miracle and He raised Lazarus from the dead, but the reason He did is so that people would believe that God the Father had sent Jesus. Why does God do amazing things now? He does them so that people will turn to God and recognize that His power.
God’s miracles in our life are both large and small. Do we recognize the miracles in our life and do we give the praise and glory to God for them? Jesus always used the miracles to point people to the saving power of God. Do we do the same? Who have you told about what God has done in your life? Who do you need to tell today?
Kristi Burchfiel, Christian devotional author and speaker
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