The Manifestation of the Christ

As we continue in the Christology, this week we are studying the miraculous deeds of Jesus.  These works served as a manifestation of the Christ and showed his omnipotence.  With Jesus, truly, all things are possible.

The deaf can hear.  The blind can see.  The lame are rising up to stand upon their feet.  He calmed the storm.  He quieted souls.  He mended the broken.  The empty were filled.  The sick made well.  The mute began to speak of his glory.  The dead were rising.  With Christ, all things are possible.

But, do we really believe that?  Do we honestly believe that Jesus can come in and fix that circumstance clouding our view?

While there are many passages to study concerning this area of Christ’s ministry, I want to focus on two miracles that changed my life.  When I was in college, I finally began to read through the Bible myself.  As I got to Matthew, I thought I missed something because I thought I was reading the same story that I read before, but that wasn’t the case.

In Matthew 14, Jesus feeds 5,000 men plus women and children with 5 loaves and 2 fish.

In Matthew 15, Jesus feeds 4,000 men plus women and children with 7 loaves and a few (more than 2) fish.

Do you catch that?  Matthew, one of the original 12, witnessed Jesus feed a large amount of people with little resources.  But, sometimes later, days or weeks or months, they encountered less people than before with more resources and they still had the audacity to ask Jesus, “And just where do you think we can get enough food to feed all this people?”

Why we criticize these disciples for their lack of faith and absence of a good memory, we do the same thing.  We look at the obstacle in front of us and can’t imagine how Jesus can do anything about it without looking over our shoulder and seeing how he has shown up time and time again.

If you are overwhelmed by your circumstances today, the best advice is to take a trip down memory lane and be reminded of God’s faithfulness.