TRUST: Miracle after Miracle after Miracle

TRUST is a huge component of our lives. Just this past week, it was the number one theme that surfaced at a summer professional learning session at the school where I work. TRUST surfaced in so many areas. The thing about life is much of what we believe is rooted in faith or TRUST. With one another, we develop feelings about a person that may or may not be based on fact. We typically make up our mind about a person’s trustworthiness after one to two incidents with them. Likewise, we do the same with God. We treat God as if He is not trustworthy. Many of us cut Him off after a perceived failure on His part. The bible is here to provide us proof of who God is, His character, and what God has done, His power/work, as a means to give us truth to shape our TRUST. TRUST: Miracle after Miracle after Miracle has shown that God is trustworthy and able.

In regards to Jesus, we should TRUST: Miracle after Miracle after Miracle; yet, we struggle in TRUSTing Him. As I have been reading through the book of Mark, God has revealed to us Miracle after Miracle after Miracle to provide substance for our faith to be established in Christ not in our sight or in our feelings. Let’s do a quick survey through chapter 6 of the gospel of Mark.

Mark 1 – Jesus heals a demon-possessed man by casting out the impure spirit; He healed Simon’s mother-in-law of her fever, many of their sicknesses and diseases. He cast out or drove out demons from others. Lastly, Jesus heals a man with leprosy.

Mark 2 – Jesus forgives sins and heals a paralyzed man. In the forgiving of sins, Jesus affirms another miracle – that God was among us. God incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ. The teachers of the law stated “Who can forgive sins but God alone?” They knew that God could forgive sins, but they could not bring themselves to believe that Jesus was God, but He is. Less known as a miracle, Jesus challenges and changes religious norms by eating with sinners, challenged norms on the Sabbath by consenting to have his disciples pick grain to eat i.e. work, and proclaimed again to be God who is over the Sabbath.

Mark 3 – He extended is challenge of working on Sabbath by healing a man with a shriveled hand. He continued to heal many of their diseases and to have demons now just surrender to come out of people at His presence. The Word says, “11 Whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12 But he gave them strict orders not to tell others about him.” Demons confessed and affirmed that Jesus was God.

Mark 4 – In perhaps the most overlooked miracle, Jesus opens the eyes of man to the truth of God. Jesus also calms the storm and evidences that He has authority not just over diseases and demons but also of nature. “39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!””

Mark 5 – Again in this chapter, Jesus shows His authority over demons who didn’t just ask, but they pleaded or begged Jesus to send them into a herd of pigs. When one begs another, the beggar shows his/her subserviency to the whom is begged. Jesus shows that miracles are brought about and granted at the level of faith that one has in Him. The synagogue ruler daughter is healed because he believed that she could be healed if Jesus just put His hand on her. The woman who had been subject to bleeding was healed because she had the faith that she’d be heal if she just touched Jesus’ garment even if she did not think He would notice that power had come from Him, even if she thought let me do this secretly because I would not want to make Him ceremonially unclean by touching Him. Jesus shows the miracle that we don’t make Him unclean be He provides cleansing for us.

Mark 6 – Here we see the miracle of Jesus feeding more than 5,000 people from 5 loaves and 2 fish. Jesus evidences His creative attribute as God to multiply or create enough food to feed over 5,000 people from five loaves and two fish. He also shows His authority over nature and physical laws by walking on water. He calmed waters again and walked on water to get to the disciples who were in the boat out on the body of water. Jesus reinforces the greatest miracle that He came to His creation who hearts had been hardened by sin to free them of that. ““Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, 52 for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.” He finishes the chapter by healing more people.

We should TRUST: Miracle after Miracle after Miracle; yet, we struggle in TRUSTing Him. We make up our minds about people some times just by looking at them or hearing about them. When it comes to Jesus Christ, we abandon that which we live by most of the time. His miraculous acts appeal to what we see and hear which are the two most common ways we develop belief or faith albeit incorrectly. We still do not TRUST Jesus when He has climbed into the boat with us.

TRUST: Miracle after Miracle after Miracle as Jesus is deserving of our TRUST, faith, belief in Him. Jesus tells us so. In John 14:11, He says, “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.” Look at the evidence of the works in your life that Jesus is God; then, TRUST Him!


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