In need of a miracle?

Read: John 11:38-43

How many times in your life have you faced something that seemed impossible? Most likely you have been there more than once. One time it may have been work related, another time it may have been family related, and yet another time health related or something else.

Sometimes we look at the mountain in front of us and forget that we serve a Lord that has moved many mountain. This past Sunday in the message I referred to the demon possessed man in Mark 5. He and those in the region of Gerasenes probably thought that his condition was going to be a life long sentence, until Jesus came to shore and the man fell down at his feet. He was in need of a miracle and when he called on Jesus the mountain was moved. He was healed!

In John 11 we read the story of Lazarus. Last year I visited the tomb in Bethany where this story took place. What a feeling to be standing at the place where one of Christ’s most amazing miracles took place. To Mary and Martha the mountain looked immovable. Their brother had been dead for three days and buried. But then Jesus came to town!

Those are stories in the Bible that give testimony to what Jesus did when he walked on this earth. But we still have stories today that are told in similar fashion. A mountain was moved, a fear or addiction was overcome, an obstacle defeated, and all of them in the name of Jesus Christ!

The music group Third Day has a song entitled “I need a Miracle” and the words in the chorus are a great reminder for us today. It says, “No matter who you are and no matter what you’ve done, There will come a time when you can’t make it on your own. And in your hour of desperation, Know you’re not the only one, praying Lord above, I need a miracle.”

Whatever that mountain in front of you is please remember three things. 1. You are not alone. 2. You can’t make it on your own. 3. Jesus wants to help you conquer it! Let us live out the promise of Romans 8:37 that says, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

Make it personal: If you need more reminders of the miracles that Jesus can perform take your Bible out this week and look through the gospels for the many cases in which Jesus moved mountains in peoples lives. He wants to do the same for you!

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church