Jim EliffWorldview Weekend

"While John performed no sign, yet everything John said about this man [Christ] was true" (John 10:41).

Could anyone doubt that God was powerfully at work through the life of John the Baptist? Jesus said there was none like him (Matt. 11:11) and assigned him a strategic place of importance in the unfolding history of redemption. Like many great saints to follow, he did not do any miracles.

Should we consider the miraculous essential to our Christianity? Yes, of course, if you mean that a miracle is something inexplicable, the finger of God reaching in an unexplainable way into our natural world. Our salvation is a miraculous intervention of God. Evangelism is all about miracles. We pray asking God to change the human will, or to override and arrange the natural course of things in certain ways, or to defy all odds. We certainly do believe that God can do anything He wishes. Should we then seek a life of continuous miraculous experience? Years ago a prominent "faith healer" promoted the idea that we should expect "a miracle a day." Was he right? Would John the Baptist make this man's list?

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