ARE MIRACLES FOR TODAY?
Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name (Jn 20:30)
This morning we begin a new sermon series on the Miracles of Jesus. Miracles are extraordinary and positive events not explicable by natural or scientific laws and often attributed to God. In other words, miracles are paradoxes with a divine cause. While this causes some concern in our post-modern world, we forget that some of the greatest truths in the universe today remain paradoxes.
Space-time is a paradox. Einstein’s law of general relativity tells us theoretically it is possible to curve space-time to the extent of reversing it. Hence it is possible to laugh at a joke before it is told! Light is a paradox: it behaves both as a wave and particle. Matter is a paradox. There is more that is unseen than seen. 95% of mass in the universe is invisible, 70% as dark energy and 25% as dark matter. What we see, feel, measure and harness for energy only constitutes 5% of all mass. And yet dark energy determines the fate of our universe! Certainty is a paradox. When you measure the momentum of a subatomic particle, its position becomes uncertain.
Does all this sound like nonsense to you? Yet all these paradoxes won Nobel Prizes for their discoverers. The Bible too is full of paradoxes. Jesus is both fully God and fully Man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit; yet born of a woman. God is three yet one. The Bible is divinely inspired yet written by man. There are laws, yet God can intervene in time to bring about outcomes that defy natural laws. If we believe in God and can hold spiritual paradoxes in tension, then we believe in miracles!
The difference between miracles and paradoxes is a matter of cause. Miracles are ascribed to God. Paradoxes are ascribed to “unknown physical laws” or “chance”. They just, well… are! Jesus performed signs and wonders 2000 years ago. He died, rose again and is alive in us today. If He is “the same, yesterday, today and forever” (Heb 13:8) then miracles are still available now. He must still be doing them today!
2016 YEAR OF STRENGTH
Ps Dr Philip Lyn