BCL Grow: Messiah and Miracles — Luke 11:20
Luke 11:20 — (Redemption)
But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. — Luke 11:20
“In other words, the miracles point to Jesus’s messiahship. If the kingdom has arrived, then its king must be present. If the Messiah has come, then the messianic age must be at hand.” — Craig L. Blomberg, Can We Still Believe the Bible? p. 202.
Steps to Take
1. Consider: Regarding Jesus’ miracles, theologian Craig Blomberg notes parallels with Old Testament events such as 1) Jesus calming the storm in Matthew 4/Yahweh calming the storm in Jonah 1; and 2) Jesus walking on water in Mark 6/the Lord treading on the waves in Job 9:8 (Can We Still Believe the Bible?, p. 203).
2. Know: Jesus’ disciples and everyone else who knew about Jesus’ miracles during his earthly ministry were confronted with the reality that Jesus was performing deeds that were similar to those of Yahweh, meaning they were in the presence of God himself.
3. Trust: While God can work miracles whenever, wherever, and however he chooses, he normally works in our lives through the ordinary means of grace (God’s word, the sacraments, and prayer) and common grace (our jobs, government, medical services, food, etc.). Jesus’ miracles made a huge difference in the lives of people who benefited from them, but their greater purpose was to announce the coming of the King, specifically Jesus’ Lordship over all.
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