Jesus doesn’t explain why there is suffering, illness, and death in the world. He brings healing and hope. He doesn’t allow the problem of evil to be the subject of a seminar. He allows evil to do its worst to him. He exhausts it, drains its power, and emerges with new life.
Great faith is not believing that God will heal, or restore; Great faith is believing that God is God.
Most Christians long to see miracles, but they don’t want to be put in a position where they will need one.
Beyond miracles, what has lasting significance is love. It wasn’t that Jesus healed a leper, but that he touched a leper, because no one touched lepers.
Miracles take place – not because we have a perfect faith but because we have a perfect Christ.
Amazing isn’t it? Peter and John had been in the company of Jesus for three years, had witnessed his many miracles, had listened to his many stories, had seen him in prayer and still they did not know who he was. But then you and I are in the same boat. We can read the scriptures, go to confession, listen to sermons, attend church for all we’re worth-and it’s no good unless Jesus Christ is risen in our hearts. This has to be our fervent prayer today.
We have a God who delights in impossibilities.
We are supernatural people, born again by a supernatural birth, kept by a supernatural power, sustained on supernatural food, taught by a supernatural Teacher from a supernatural Book. We are led by a supernatural Captain in right paths to assured victories. The risen Saviour, ere He ascended on high, said: ‘All power is given unto Me. Go ye therefore.”
No faith is required to do the possible; actually only a morsel of this atom-powered stuff is needed to do the impossible, for a piece as large as a mustard seed will do more than we have ever dreamed of.
The angel fetched Peter out of prison, but it was prayer that fetched the angel.