Are Miracles Possible?
Jesus went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep. But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!” ). Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.
Go Deep: Imagine the joy of the little girl’s parent—their daughter was dead, their hearts were broken, their hopes crushed. But just one word from the Master changed everything.
When you read a wonderful story like this, you probably ask yourself the same questions I do: Is the Master still performing miracles today? Are the sick still getting healed, the demonically oppressed being set free, and the dead being raised? Are the miracles we read about in the Gospels still possible today, or were they only for that era?
This might surprise you, but about eighty percent of American adults say they believe miracles are still being performed by the power of God. Yet do a cursory reading of leading Christian thinkers and you will find, at best, scant enthusiasm and more likely, very little support for the present reality of miracles in the world today.
How sad! Perhaps the fact that spiritual leaders are reluctant to embrace the miracle working power of God explains why we are seeing so few of them. Maybe it’s time for the ordinary person in the pew to bypass their pastor and take Jesus up on his promise to work even greater miracles than he did through his followers.
Who knows—maybe one of you are just crazy enough to believe Jesus will actually raise the dead one of these days. I sure hope so!
Just saying… Hebrews 13:8 reminds us, “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever.” Hmmm—guess that means miracles are still possible.