Works of the Kingdom 2

Today's Bible reading: Mark 2:1-12

Secondly, Jesus’ miracles always raise the question of His authority and power.  The healing of the paralytic, for example - the one where they lower him down through a hole in the roof - shows the centrality of this question.  That account also shows how Jesus’ authority to act with divine power cannot be seen apart from the authority with which He speaks.  Thus, even without making any verbal claims for Himself, by His miracles Jesus raises the question of His identity.  Of course, these miracles do not prove that He was the Messiah – some saw the miracles, and yet did not understand their meaning and who it was who was performing them.

It is particularly John’s Gospel that points us to the close relationship between Jesus’ preaching and His miracles.  Often a miracle - called a “sign” by John, because it contains a deeper meaning beyond the event itself - is preceded or followed by a speech of Jesus which explains what the Miracle is intended to show.  For example, Jesus calls Himself “the Light of the world” … and then gives sight to the blind man.  He feeds 5000 in the wilderness … and then proclaims Himself as “the Bread of life."

Prayer: Lord, You can do all things.  Give us such a bold confidence in You that even those around us, many of whom are paralyzed by sin and doubt, may be blessed through our steadfastness.  Amen.