Today, we move on from our “Tears” series and launch into a new set of readings in a series titled “Miracles.” When we read John 11:35, we are confronted with the harsh reality that tears and miracles often go hand in hand. As Jesus stood before the tomb of his friend, he wept. It’s one of the simplest yet most moving verses in all of Scripture. Those tears led to a miracle—the raising of Lazarus.
Most of us long to see miracles. But few of us are willing to put ourselves in positions that necessitate them. Tears typically precede miracles. During the season of Lent, tears watered the grounds of our hearts to prepare us to celebrate the greatest miracle of all- the celebration of Resurrection—Jesus’ defeat of sin and death.
“Miracles” kicks off with the Gospel of John. The narrative of this book revolves around 7 significant miracles in the ministry of Christ- turning water into wine (John 2), the healing of the nobleman’s son (John 4), the healing of the crippled man at the pool of Bethesda (John 5), the feeding of the 5,000 (John 6), walking on water (John 8), the healing of the blind man (John 9), and the resurrection of Lazarus (John 11).
Next, we turn to the book of Numbers, where we read about the budding of Aaron’s rod, the gushing of water from the rock, and the miraculous verbosity of Balaam’s ass (his donkey, that is).
We continue in Joshua, where we stand in awe as the Jordan river divides and the walls of Jericho tumble to the ground.
In 1 and 2 Kings, we follow the ministries of prophets Elijah and Elisha, who raised children from the dead and caused fire to fall from heaven and cured leprosy and caused ax heads to float, . Scripture records that Elijah performed 14 miracles while Elisha, who prayed for a double portion of Elijah’s anointing, performed 28. Look for them.
As we read the next books in this series, what miracles are you praying for? Be specific. It’s possible that we don’t see miracles because we don’t ask for them. Make a list. Pray through them. Invite someone to the weekend services. And look for the Good News in Scripture.