Philip Yancey on the miracles of Jesus

An interesting couple of paragraphs from Christian author, Philip Yancey.

As he strode through life Jesus used supernatural power to set right what was wrong. Every physical healing pointed back to a time in Eden when physcial bodies did not go blind, get crippled, or bleed nonstop for twelve years and also pointed forward to a time of recreation to come. The miracles he did perform, breaking as they did the chains of sickness and death, give me a glimpse of what the world was meant to be and instill hope that one day God will right its wrongs. To put it mildly, God is no more satisfied with this earth than we are, Jesus miracles offer a hint of what God intends to do about it.

Some see miracles as the implausible suspension of the laws of the physical universe. As signs, though, they serve just the opposite function. Death, decay, entropy, and destruction are the true suspensions of God’s laws – miracles are the early glimpses of restoration. In the worlds of Jurgen Moltmann; “Jesus’ healings are not supernatural healings in a natural world. They are the only truly ‘natural’ things in a world that is unnatural, demonized and wounded.”


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