Day 3

What Do Miracles Teach Us About Jesus?

from the The Miracles of Jesus reading plan

Colossians 1:15-20, Psalm 77:13-15, Mark 4:35-41, Luke 11:18-23, Matthew 8:14-17

BY Kaitlin Wernet

Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:15-20, Psalm 77:13-15, Mark 4:35-41, Luke 11:18-23, Matthew 8:14-17

I once became a vegetarian just because I wasn’t fluent in Spanish. Although I’d never before considered myself a picky eater, a few weeks of traveling in a foreign country taught me that these exotic dishes were a real game-changer.

One night, I’d decided to play it safe by ordering the catch of the day. What the menu didn’t specify, however, was that not much had been done since the fish had been caught that day, leaving me with a scaly, slippery dish and two beady eyes staring mockingly back at me.

The next night, I knew better. Using my handy translator’s dictionary, I learned the word for “eyes,” and walked into the restaurant with a newfound resilience.

“Ojos?” I asked with confidence, ordering the chicken this time.

“No, no,” the waiter responded, chuckling.

The dish arrived just as I’d ordered it—no eyes this time, but… there were feathers. Like I was just supposed to put them in my hat and carry on.

I’m the queen of asking the wrong questions.

I’ve always had lots of questions about miracles. And if I’m being completely transparent, most of the time it hurts to ask them. Because while learning about Jesus’ healing power and His heart for His people, my questions inevitably turn to, Will He do this for me? or Why didn’t He do this for me?

Hope does not come from belief in power; it comes from trust in a Person. When we don’t understand what Jesus is doing, we must seek to know Him more.

As C.S. Lewis said, “Christianity does not involve the belief that all things were made for man.” So our first question needs to change from “What does this say about me?” to “What does this teach me about Jesus?” Or, as Mark 4 says, miracles should cause us to ask, “Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey Him!” (v.41).

Before we get any further into this miracle-studying business, let that be our default question: Who then is this Jesus?

He is the victorious Lord of all (Colossians 1:15).
He is Lord over creation (Mark 4:39).
He is the One who overcomes evil (Luke 11:18-23).
He is the Suffering Servant who bears our infirmities (Matthew 8:17).

Miracles are breadcrumbs that lead us to the One who answers our need. They themselves are not the prize or the point, because He is already actively both. Miracles teach us that Jesus is God’s glory purposed for redemption. He came to show us His power to heal, but more importantly, to show us we’ve already been healed in Him.

If and (inevitably) when I begin to ask the wrong questions, may I look to the fullness of Christ and find that my need for Him is a privilege. May I praise Him for His miracles, but not miss the biggest miracle of all: Jesus Himself.

“For God was pleased to have
all His fullness dwell in Him,
and through Him to reconcile
everything to Himself
by making peace
through the blood of His cross
whether things on earth or things in heaven.
– Colossians 1:19-20


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  3. Atalie Jones says:

    Lord, You are so mighty that even the wind and waves obey You and know Your name. You are an awesome, mighty God. You sent Your one and only, precious Son to die a terrible death for me-an undeserving, prideful, selfish girl. Thank You for your free, unmerited gift of everlasting love, grace, and mercy.

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  5. Andrea Z. says:

    It is not about the power, it is about trust in Him. Who then is this Jesus? I love it! This study is bringing so much clarity to questions I may not have wanted to admit I ask. Miracles are breadcrumbs leading us to the one who loved us first.

  6. Shelley says:

    Just want to say thank you for this study. I am facing a medical challenge and the prayer is for full and complete healing. I find out tomorrow the results of tests and the answer I want and pray is in line with God’s will for me is for surgery. Regardless of the outcome I WILL ALWAYS HOPE and TRUST in the fullness of God and His power to save and heal. We have not idea how God uses circumstances in our life to bless others. Believe me, I had no idea how many people I have touched (only with the strength of God) over the last few months.
    As Claudia said, Trust is huge. And God will make a way.
    This is not to say that I’m not terrified of the answer tomorrow, but God’s love is bigger than my fear.
    Thanks for teaching on miracles and understanding a bit more of why they happen when they do.

    1. Dori says:

      Praying for you, Shelley!

      1. Shelley says:

        Thanks for the prayers. I am rejoicing and SHOUTING with JOY!!! I received great news yesterday. I will be having surgery in September. I never thought I would say I am looking forward to surgery but GOD IS GOOD!! Praise Him for all His mercies. They are new every day.

        1. Terri says:

          Praise God!

  7. Claudia says:

    I am so grateful and thankful for this study. It is my first time participating in something like this and in this first 3 days I have learned so much about me, God and Jesus! As a new believer, I want to focus my life on God and His word, on Jesus and all the love they spread in my heart.
    For me, the most important thing I have learned until today: Trust! If we do not understand what is happening around, with trust in God and Jesus ww can make every situation in our lifes.

    Thank you all so much! Glad to be here and participate in your wortful thoughts and your wonderful community!

    1. Stephanie says:

      Yay!! So glad you’re here, Claudia!

    2. She Reads Truth says:

      So glad to have you with us, Claudia! So encouraged to hear that you are growing closer to the Lord in this time!

      – Stormye

  8. Lindsey says:

    I am guilty of always trying to see me, me, me throughout scripture. My mindset is often finite and selfishly focused. I can be more concerned with how God can effect me than how I can know God more through scripture. When my perspective is set selfishly, it sets me up to be offended by God when things to go the way I think they should. When I have a Kingdom perspective, and allow scripture to speak to my heart about God (instead about me), my eyes are opened, my ears unplugged. Ultimately, I am transformed. Help me Lord, to love you and you alone. Not your hand. Not the me that I think you can make me. You. And you alone.

    1. Sue Gerardot says:

      I just wanted you to know that you are not the only one who at times feels selfish, I do the the same thing!

      1. Lindsey says:

        Thanks. It really is a battle to die to flesh. Glad I’m not alone.

    2. Barb says:

      Oh Lindsey you aren’t alone! This is one of the things I love abt the SRT studies: they are so Christ focused. I’m excited abt what lies ahead in this as we all continue to learn together who He is. Thanks for your transparent thoughts here. :-)

    3. Kierstyn says:

      Oh man, thank you so much for writing this. I am guilty of this too, but never realized it until you put it into words. I’m praying through this study I come to know God more without the expectation that He needs to do miracles in my life for me to be a faithful servant

    4. Mandy says:

      This is so true and well-said! I’m very recently learning this as well.

    5. Stephanie says:

      I am right there with you, Lindsey!! All too often I am guilty of the exact same thing. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

    6. Ashley Schultz says:

      I didn’t even realize I was doing this until I read your comment. I am new at diving into the scriptures and sometimes leave feeling offended by what I read. I still get caught up in trying and even thinking at times that I am in control and my will will be pressed upon my life. Thank you for allowing me to realize this! Wonderfully stated!

    7. Jill says:

      Thank you for sharing that thought!! Wow! Great words. A Kingdom perspective… you never know if something you share hits home with someone… well THAT did! Great way to look at it!! I’m re-focusing a little because of your input. Thanks sister ❤️

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