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Jesus Christ and Miracles

Miracles marked the life of Jesus Christ right from the beginning

His birth was marked by a new star in the sky. He turned water to wine. He fed thousands with a few meager loaves of bread. He healed the sick, the blind, and the crippled. The world still marvels at the miracles of Jesus.

These works were also incredibly personal.

One day Jesus received unfortunate news about His beloved friend Lazarus. The news and the accompanying plea to heal him came from two other people Jesus loved, Mary and Martha. “Come quickly,” they urged. “Our brother is dying.”

Making the journey at that time was not convenient for Jesus. It was not easy. It was not even safe. Yet Jesus went, knowing even then that He would not find Lazarus alive. But He went to pray, to serve, to provide a miracle “to the intent ye may believe” (John 11:15).

When Jesus arrived, the home was full of mourners. Lazarus was gone, already in a tomb. The sisters despaired, devastated by their loss and perhaps even more by their belief that their brother could have been saved. And Jesus, seeing their sorrow, Himself “groaned in spirit, and was troubled” (John 11:33), and He wept.

Then, kneeling at the tomb, Jesus lifted His eyes in prayer to God, His Father. “I knew that thou hearest me always” (John 11:42). And then He called out, “Lazarus.”

The man who had been dead came forth, and Mary and Martha rejoiced. Their brother lived. They had expected healing that would prevent death, and yet their prayers had been answered another way. They and all who were there could not deny the miracle they had witnessed.

Every day, prayers are offered. And every day, miracles continue to occur in response, for God hears “whatsoever thou wilt ask” (John 11:22). Like Mary and Martha, your answer may not be what you expect. But God’s love is sure. His help may be as wondrous and inexplicable as a man rising from the dead. It may be as gentle and comforting as the arrival of a friend in a time of need. Whatever the circumstance, Jesus showed that miracles begin with prayer. They occur through faith. And they assure us that all can “see the glory of God” (John 11:40).