Looking for Miracles

So they asked Him,  “What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you?  What will you do?  Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written:  ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ” John 6:30, 31.

Did these people not get how obvious they were being?  I mean come on!  Anyone with half a brain would know they were trying to goad Jesus into action just for the heck of it.

So one demonstration of His power wasn’t enough, they needed fresh proof He could do it again.  I mean once might be  fluke but twice now that would have been impossible to fake.  But He wouldn’t give into them or rise to their challenge, for He had nothing to prove to them or Himself.  They already knew full well that He fed them the day before, so this wasn’t a real test just an effort to see a show.  Their need for a thrill was paramount, unless…

Unless some new people in Capernaum heard about the experience of the day before and were trying to get Him to repeat it so they could see.  It doesn’t say there were new voices in the mix, but there’s no reason not to believe there weren’t.  I suspect friends told friends about the miracle, then these friends hurried down to see if He’d do it again.

For His part , Jesus didn’t seem too thrilled by their reception nor their motivation to see Him.  God the Father couldn’t be surprised by people’s behavior, but I’m certain Jesus could because He was fully human and dependent on the Father for guidance.  It’s not that human nature surprised Him, rather He just didn’t always know what they would do next.  Praying on that mountainside, however, the night before prepared for the walk on water and this confrontation.

In the movie “Mask of Zorro” the young Zorro in training was asked what he wanted most out of life and he answered,  “A sense of the miraculous in everyday life.”  I believe it’s the reason we like magical stories so much.  You know the type where fairies, elves and the like roam around doing mischief or good and we get to be heroes.  We are all like this to some degree, waiting for the next thrill, the next performance of magic in our lives.  Many of us wait for years without seeing any evidence of such a world and when it doesn’t happen we grow despondent, disillusioned and discouraged.  I think this is why cynicism sets in for most of us because we don’t see the everyday miracle happening all around us, since we take life itself for granted.

Jesus said to them,  “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is He who comes from heaven and gives life to the world.”  John 6:32, 33.

Where are we looking for our meal ticket?  O come on!  We all want it in some form, it’s just that some of us approach it differently.  Some of us will seek a great task to do, the others will go for a god who will wait on them hand and foot.  Those are the extreme ends of the human spectrum and in between there are several combinations of these two which are just as foolish and hard hearted.

Jesus is the true bread from heaven.  He is the life of the world, but the world didn’t know it then and doesn’t recognize it now.  To even say it doesn’t mean I fully grasp what it means, what I think I do get is He holds the very essence of our lives in Himself; His presence brings life in every meaning of that word.  It isn’t just being alive physically but all other aspects as well.  Like food for the body Jesus provides and sustains the necessary energy we need to come alive, to perform up to potential and appreciate what God has done for us, through us and in us.

He is the life in our veins as much as blood can be; He is the synaptic energy firing along our nervous system; He is the very inspiration of thought and reason we use or misuse everyday.  As much as we depend on food to keep us alive, Jesus is more important by an infinite margin.

The Jews asked Jesus what miraculous sign He would perform, then used manna as an example, not forgetting His miracles of the day before where He had spent the time healing, feeding and teaching them, but ignoring all that for the sake of a “what have you done for me lately” attitude.  Those who follow Jesus will remember His deeds of yesterday for courage in today.  They will glorify their Lord based on the evidence of yesterday to sustain them in their trials of today.

If we want to give glory to God, we will remember who He has been to us, what He has done for us and have faith in His providence and presence for not only today but all our future endeavors as well.  Giving glory to God demands we trust Him based on the evidence He’s given us in the past to stand in the here and now firmly without wavering.

In other words, we won’t forget…


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One Response to “Looking for Miracles”

  1. tlc4women Says:

    We were recently talking about all that we had seen God do and I realized that we take much for granted or forget many things. As we were talking I was reminded of so many things!!

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