MIRACLE [mir-uh kuh l] n. - An event not explicable by natural or scientific laws; such an event may be attributed to a supernatural being (God or gods).
Have you ever heard the futility in the statement, “Miracles just don’t happen anymore!” It’s usually spoken in the midst of extreme circumstances—as people struggle relationally, financially, physically, or medically. I hear individuals at the end of their rope, desperate for something… anything, but at the same time, also resolved to the hopelessness and helplessness of their life’s situation.
Miracles typically happen when we run out of resources and options… both of which we seem to have in abundance these days! And then there’s science and technology systematically explaining away the miraculous in our daily experience. God reveals Himself through His creation, through the sunrise and sunset, through the sun, moon and stars. What was once an unknown in our life is now simply and rationally enlightened away from us, “That was just a high pressure system that moved the storm’s direction...”
And yet we still remain in need of a miracle… for many, now more than ever!
C. S. Lewis said, “Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see."
And this is where the miracle of Christmas comes in. This season is when Christians are celebrating God coming to earth, and speaking with us, so we can know Him and draw near to Him! Manger scenes are set up in churches and on fireplace mantles giving tiny detail to those who participated in that first Christmas miracle. We’ve memorized each of the players and even added a few.
But it’s not enough to just know about the miracle of Christmas; we need to experience the miracle of Christmas in our own hearts and lives. That happens when we grasp, by faith, the Good News of John 3:16. We see the miraculousness of God’s love for the world when He gives his Son—his one and only Son. And we experience the miraculousness of God’s love when, by believing in Him, we begin to live a whole and lasting life.
There are two ways we can see our lives. One is as if nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle. How we live our lives will be the direct result of how we see our lives. Choose today to see the miraculousness of God’s love for YOU and YOU will experience the miracle of Christmas!
MARTY WALKER . LEAD PASTOR