The Power Of God

The Lord did many incredible things in the Bible. He caused the Red Sea to part for the Israelites, sets large hailstones from heaven on those that tried to harm His people, and He even stopped the sun’s movement from horizon to horizon. The Lord did big powerful things, like raising Jesus from the dead, to smaller things like causing an ax head to float on the water.

These miraculous powers were always used by God to endorse the prophets. By giving them miraculous power, God was endorsing their message. It was a clear and easy way for God’s people to know that these prophets were telling the truth.

Sometimes when we read about miracles from the past, our mind has a difficult time grasping them. People will question God’s power and say, “How could this happen in the natural world.” They might write these events off as impossible: “Obviously that did not happen because that is impossible.” What those who make such statements fail to realize is that “impossible” is exactly what a miracle is. If it could be explained naturally, then the action would no longer be a miracle. Miracles are not natural; they are supernatural. Paul says that God’s power is not just beyond the natural world, but even beyond what one can think or imagine.

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Eph. 3:20-21)

Ultimately, the power of God was displayed through Jesus Christ. Jesus did more miracles than any other prophet in the bible. These miraculous powers proved that Jesus was the Christ. When John the Baptist sent messengers to Jesus to ask if He was the Christ, Jesus did not respond with “yes.” Instead, he told the messengers to examine what He had the power to do.

Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 5 The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” (Matt. 11:4-6)

The apostle John concluded his book with a similar statement. The display of God’s power was used to prove that Jesus was the Christ. Now that we have these eyewitness accounts of God’s power in Jesus, we can believe that He is the Christ and the Son of God.

And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. (John 20:30-31)

–Andrew Smith