The Promises We Have in Miracles

The Promises We have in Miracles
Pastor Stephen "Red" Shumate
August 21st, 2016
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The Promises We have in Miracles
Mark 1:40-45, Mark 2:1-12

Jesus performed many miracles during his ministry and today we look at two of them.  The first is the healing of a man with a skin disease.  And the second is healing of the paralyzed man, who was brought to Jesus through the roof of a home where Jesus was teaching.

These were pretty amazing miracles and there is no question that they were miracles.  These would have been things that no one at the time could have healed these two men of.  And it was no doubt that these miracles were done by Jesus.  In other, words, it’s not like Jesus said be healed and then a month later they were healed.  The miracle happened instantly, so there was no mistaking that these were miracles and that they were performed by Jesus.  

So what do these miracles that Jesus performed 2000 years ago, have to do with us today? 
Let’s start by talking about what these miracles don’t mean for us.  

1. The Promise is Not…
The promise is not that Jesus will perform these miracles for us. In the story of the man with the skin disease, Jesus told the man to not tell anyone.  Truth be told, if I could heal people, I would want to tell everyone I could and heal as many as I could, and in the process I would tell them about Jesus.

this was not Jesus’ purpose and this was not the goal of his ministry.  Jesus was far more concerned about our spiritual life, than our physical life.  And as Christians, spiritual things should be far more important to us than physical things.

Colossians 3:2
Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth.

Matthew 24:35
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.

Matthew 6:20
But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal.

All of these scripture point to how important our spiritual life is, and how one day, all of the physical things that we know, will pass away.  So the promise that we have in miracles is not, that He will provide physical miracles for us.  But the promises He makes are spiritual in nature.

2. The Promise is…
A. That Jesus does care for us.  
In the story of the man with the skin disease, we read: “Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out His hand and touched him. “I am willing,” He told him.

During Jesus’ time, the man with a skin disease would have been shunned by society.  Not only because he would have been highly contagious but also because many people would have assumed that he had the disease because of sin in his life, and therefore he would have been looked down on.  Much like criminals or drug addicts are looked down on today.  But here we see that Jesus had compassion on someone that the world did not.

And Jesus will have compassion on us, no matter our background and no matter our disease.  Because of this miracle we can know that Jesus is compassionate.

B.  We can know that Jesus does indeed have the power to forgive us of our sins.  
In the story of the paralytic, Jesus first forgive the man.  He said that because of his faith, his sins had been forgiven.  But as soon as he said this, the religious leaders immediately began thinking to themselves, that only God has the authority and power to forgive people of their sins.

Since Jesus knew what they were thinking, He essentially told them that He would prove that He had the authority to forgive sins.  And His proof was physically healing the man.  Something that doctors back then and today could not do.  So through this miracle Jesus proved that He has the power and the authority to forgive us of our sins and to deliver on Spiritual promises He gives us.

3. The Spiritual Promises We have…

Some of the spiritual promises that we have in Jesus is that if we believe in Jesus that spiritually speaking…
1. We will not hunger
2. We will not thirst
3. We will walk (or grow)
4. We will see (His path)
5. We will hear (His word)
6. We will be made clean
7. We will have life (and I don’t mean eternal life…but I mean a life worth living…a life with a purpose, a point)
8. We will not die, but we will be rescued from sin.
And so much more…

These are the miracles that we are promised…
These are the promises we know can come true because of the physical miracles he did when he was here on earth…
And it is these spiritual miracles that matter most!!

What spiritual things has Jesus done in your life?


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