Unspeakable Joy Devotional

April 29th

Blessed food

The Miracles of Jesus. Jesus performed miracles by touching, healing, and transforming countless lives. John 21:25 “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” None of the miracles Jesus performed were random or for amusement or show. Each had a message that either met a serious human need or confirmed His identity and authority as the Son of God.

Jesus turned water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana. This first miraculous sign showed Jesus’ supernatural control over physical elements like water, revealed His glory as the Son of God and marked the beginning of His public ministry. John 2:7-9a “Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine.”

Jesus feeds the five thousand is another remarkable miracle. Matthew 14:16-21 “Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Bring them here to me, “ he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.”

As you read each miracle, I think it is important to stop and really think about what each one is saying. For the disciples, the point of the feeding of the 5,000 was the twelve full baskets left over. Through this miracle, Jesus is saying that if you go ahead and give away what you don’t have, you are still going to get everything you need.

John 6:26 “Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.” They were seeking Jesus because they had a free meal as the result of a miracle. Jesus, however, says that they did not truly see the “sign”. They saw the miracle, but could not see past the loaves and fish. The signs Jesus performed signifies something greater. Although multitudes saw and partook of the miracle, they missed the sign that was to point them to Jesus, the Bread of Life. Throughout the ministry of Jesus, many people saw His miracles as ends in themselves rather than pointing to something greater.

You don’t have to know Greek. You don’t even need to go to seminary. You just need to slow down and pray and think and worship over the miracles of Jesus. (desiringGod/J Piper)

The greatest miracle of all was Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. It was the ultimate proof of His divinity, and demonstrated for all time that He has conquered death and hell and the devil. Open your heart to Christ and welcome Him into your life today. Then even greater miracles will take place-the miracle of forgiveness, and the miracle of becoming part of God’s family forever. (B Graham)

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