December 2nd: Jesus is the Miracle Worker

Isaiah 35:4-6

Say to the cowardly:
“Be strong; do not fear!
Here is your God; vengeance is coming.
God’s retribution is coming; he will save you.”
Then the eyes of the blind will be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Then the lame will leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute will sing for joy,
for water will gush in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;

When the Messiah comes, He will come as God, with the intent of saving His people. The prophet Isaiah foretells that He will prove Himself and His ability to save by opening the eyes of blind people, giving the ability to hear to those who are deaf, causing crippled people to walk, and giving the ability to speak to those who are mute. More so, He will go beyond that, the crippled man will “leap like a deer” and those who can’t speak will “sing for joy.” The Messiah is said to be able to perform miracles beyond comprehension.

All throughout the Gospels, we read of Jesus doing these very acts of wonder and grace. He demonstrated His power and goodness to the people of His day as proof of His anointing by God the Father. And by their record, we can be sure that He is true.

Much more than that, we can be sure that the over abounding grace that Jesus gave to those whom He healed with miracles is the same over abounding grace that He gives to us in salvation. He does not just forgive our sins, He goes beyond that and makes us righteous. He does not stop at breathing life into our dead sinful hearts, He gives us eternal life and hearts of flesh. His grace is sweet and inexhaustible, and we cannot plumb the depth and riches of Christ! Oh, but we can meditate on them.

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