Wednesday Word 11.01.2017
Luke 4:31-36 New International Version
31 Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught the people. 32 They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority. 33 In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, 34 “Go away! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” 35 “Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him. 36 All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What words these are! With authority and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!”
What a mighty God we serve! I heard a bluegrass song the other day, “I Serve a God Who Can Raise the Dead” by Becky Buller. It was a great song and I can’t get it out of my head. I didn’t seek permission to quote her lyrics, but I can urge you to go to YouTube and listen to a live version of her song. In it she talks about the human condition and our relationship with God. Ms. Buller theorizes about what lessons we may learn from the adversities of this life. I love this song.
The miracles performed by Jesus are amazing. I can only imagine what the witnesses must have thought. We learned in Bible Study that Jesus performed these miracles so that people would realize that he really was the Son of God. What better way to establish who sent him, who empowered him and whose work he was doing! The teachings of Jesus were so revolutionary, so contrary to the attitudes of the day, people might simply have thought him a great inspirational speaker with some really new ideas. Because Jesus really was Jesus and could do things beyond the scope of mere humans, more people could see the authority given to him by the Father as his ministry progressed and give witness to what they had seen.
We have a different perspective than the people in Jesus’ day. We can hold the Bible in our hands and study the Word for ourselves. We know what happened next. I may not have witnessed the miracles described in its pages as they took place, but I can give witness to the transformation of my heart and the joy poured out on my days. It is a different kind of miracle. It comes from Jesus’ hand just the same. I serve a God who can raise the dead. How about you?…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki