“Each miracle writes for us in small letters something that God has already written, or will write, in letters almost too large to be noticed.” — C. S. Lewis
Most people use the word miracle to describe something totally unexpected, a cause for celebration. “It’s a miracle!” they blithely exclaim—at least at first. The problem is that over time we begin to lose an initial sense of wonder or awe. Our rational minds seek a natural explanation, and more often than not, we think we find one.
Soon “miracle” becomes the word we use to describe a series of fortunate yet completely unexpected circumstances—pleasant occurrences, but certainly not beyond reason. Gone is the idea of the supernatural. Even Christians can begin to think this way, seeking to rationalize an amazing answer to prayer they received or a recovery from trials or sickness.
When we then read about miracles in the Bible, we can be tempted to view them through this cultural definition. Yet in the Bible, a supernatural act of God was unexplainable in any human terms: the Nile turned red with blood; manna fell from heaven; a bush burned without being consumed.
In the New Testament, Jesus heals the lame, the lepers, the blind; He raises the dead, walks on water, and calms a storm with a command. People don’t applaud as if Christ is an illusionist doing a trick; they’re often stunned into silence. Only a few even thought to challenge the reality of the supernatural things Jesus did—and even then they simply credited the miracle to the power of the devil (Matt. 12:24).
How was the world to believe that a carpenter from Nazareth was truly God’s Son, the Messiah? “This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him” (John 2:11). Miracles in the Bible are not random-but-fortuitous events to be explained away. They are instead God’s path to demonstrating His presence, purpose, and power to us.
As the author of Hebrews writes about those who received the gospel from Jesus, “God also testif[ied] with them, both by signs and wonder and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will” (Heb. 2:4). Miracles—including (and especially) the resurrection of Jesus Christ—are supernatural, unexplainable examples of the power and presence of God, designed to get our attention.
The question is, have they gotten yours?