“But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” - 1 Corinthians 15:13-14
Do you believe in miracles?
Before you answer that question, let me clarify what I mean by miracle. A miracle is an act of God - using or exceeding the laws of nature - to perform humanly impossible feats in order to reveal His power and glorify Himself. In the last century people have become more skeptical about the possibility, much less the reality, of miracles. Is it really that important for people to believe in miracles? The answer is yes. It is of utmost importance that we all believe in both the possibility and the reality of the miraculous.
If miracles are impossible then belief in Jesus is a waste of time. Jesus Christ is defined by the miraculous. His virgin birth, sinless life, resurrection from the dead, not to mention that He claimed to be God in the flesh (the incarnation). If you believe in Jesus, then you most definitely must believe in miracles. The resurrection of Christ is both proof of and the result of the incarnation. If Jesus Christ was God in the flesh, then death could not have conquered Him and the grave couldn’t have held Him.
Think about it this way: Is a god worth worshiping if he cannot do anything other than what a mortal human can do? Many people attempt to use science as proof that miracles do not exist. The truth is, however, that you cannot separate science, history and theology. Is the resurrection of Christ a scientific, historical or theological truth? The answer is it is all three. Scientifically a resurrected body deals with anatomy, biology, physics and chemistry. Historically the resurrection has more proof that it happened than any other miracles in the history of the world. And theologically, Christianity does not exist apart from the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
So, I ask again: Do you believe in miracles? Not random supernatural occurrences, but purposeful marvelous acts by a wise and all-powerful God?
Father, Thank You for the miracle of the incarnation and resurrection of Jesus. Without these, I would not know You. Please open the eyes of others to these life-giving truths.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Topics: Bodily Resurrection