Thursday, June 11, 2009

It’s not really about the shock and awe

Continuing on the topic of miracles, I wanted to point out that miracles aren’t simply for the shock and awe factor. They have a greater purpose. In fact, throughout the New Testament, miracles weren’t really even for the edification of the saints. Rather, miracles got people’s attention and drew men to Christ. Miracles showed the greatness of God and gave opportunity to lift up the name of Christ, resulting in the lost coming to Him.   

Check out Pentecost. The Holy Spirit came in power and the believers spoke in different tongues. This definitely displayed some shock and awe, but the final result wasn’t just a bunch of open mouths; rather, it resulted in 3,000 people coming to Christ. When Peter and John healed the lame man in the name of Jesus, it provided a lot of shock and awe, but it ultimately resulted in the name of Christ being glorified and the number of believers growing to 5,000.

It’s not really about the shock and awe. It’s about advancing the kingdom of God by lifting up the name of Jesus and drawing men unto Him. So, may we see miracles today, resulting in the name of Christ being lifted up and the lost being drawn to their Savior. 

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