The Nature Of Miracles

This week I’m studying Jesus’ generous miracle of turning water into approximately 180 gallons of “choice” wine. In my study, I stumbled upon this observation from Philip Yancey in his book “The Jesus I Never Knew.” I won’t have room for it in this Sunday’s message but I thought I push it out there just for fun.

“What can we learn from this odd incident? The writers George MacDonald and C. S. Lewis see in it a reminder of God’s common grace, focused in this instance in a narrow beam like solar rays through a magnifying glass. Jesus’ miracles, they note, do not usually contradict natural law, but rather replicate the normal activity of creation at a different speed and on a smaller scale. ‘Some of the miracles do locally what God has already done universally,’ writes Lewis. ‘God creates the vine and teaches it to draw up water by its roots and, with the aid of the sun, to turn that water into a juice which will ferment and take on certain qualities. Thus every year, from Noah’s time till ours, God turns water into wine.’ Similarly, antibodies, and antigens conduct miracles of healing in our bodies every day, but in a slower, less sensational manner than the kinds of healings Jesus would go on to perform.”

What’s very cool is that lately our church body has seen God do miracles in our community. God has in fact, replicated “the normal activity of creation at a different speed and on a smaller scale.” He’s healed hands that could not make fists, removed pain from sore knees, mended broken hearts, and more. Our God is a God of power.

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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