When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
“He took up our infirmities
and bore our diseases.”
Matthew 8 : 16 – 17
As we go through Matthew we’re going to be seeing a lot of miracle stories. In the Gospels there are dozens of healings, exorcisms and other miraculous events, to the point that they can seem a little repetitive. But it’s important for us to know why they are there. Miracles aren’t simply party tricks or Jesus showing off his powers. Instead they are signs of something deeper.
When Jesus healed people’s bodies he demonstrated God desire for us to be well in both body and soul. When he cast out demons he shows God’s desire to free us what binds us. And in the food miracles (water to wine or the feeing of 5000) we see God’s desire to nourish and bless us.
Miracles aren’t one off tricks, but signs of a deeper truth. They reveal to us the greatest miracle: that God’s love and power runs through all of creation.
Prayer: Powerful God, help me see your power at work in the world. When I see amazing and miraculous things, give me the wisdom to see past the spectacle and appreciate what is truly going on.
Action: Think about something in your life that felt miraculous (even if nothing ‘supernatural’ happened). What did that miracle teach you? About God, life or anything else.