Affirming Miracles (Luke 7:1-17)
There is a God in the Bible. He meant what He said, and will do all He has promised. (Hudson Taylor)
Jesus in the Great Commission promised that He will be with His disciples to the very end of the age. Miracles are affirmation from Jesus that the disciples are on the right track of fulfilling the Great Commission. As disciples we have to learn it.
1. Miracles are God’s initiative.
- Luke 7:13 – 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” NIV
- Miracles are God revealing Himself as a loving and compassionate Father.
- The Holy Spirit is able to give us the compassion of Jesus for other.
2. Jesus is the exact representation of God’s being. By His miracles He affirms us that He is Immanuel – God with us.
- Luke 7:16 – 16 Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, “God has visited His people.” NKJV
- Repeating familiar miracles are affirmation of God’s presence with us.
3. Miracles affirm us our intercession reaches the heart of God.
- Luke 7:4-5 – …the one for whom He should do this was deserving, 5 “for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.” NKJV
- Luke 7:6-7 – “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. 7 Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word and my servant will be healed. NKJV
The word purity of intercession must be congruous with the presenting events.
The faith quality of intercession must be congruous with the associated grace of Christ.