They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?” Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” (John 6:28-29)
Read: Psalms 22 – 26
Relate: What was God’s greatest miracle? To put it another way, when was God at His greatest? There are so many great and awesome miracles to chose from, which one resonates the most with you? Some might say it was at Creation. Think of the size and immensity of the stars. Trillions upon trillions of these huge balls of light were spread out over light years adding up to numbers and moving at speeds that the mind cannot comprehend. All of this was spoken with a word. Tens of thousands of species of animals, birds, fish, and insects, diversity and creativity and beauty beyond compare. It was all created out of nothing from a few simple words. There are many who would say that this was when God was at His greatest and I would be hard pressed to argue against them.
Others might look to specific miracles he performed at one point or another in the Bible’s history. Maybe it was the ten plagues that devastated the greatest nation of that time. Perhaps it was the parting of the Red Sea and then allowing those waters to fall back again destroying Pharaoh’s army. I love watching the Prince of Egypt version of that event just as much as the generation before me watched Charlton Heston’s version. My brother enjoys reading of the Assyrian army camped at the doors of Jerusalem. They arive and give a message mocking Hezekiah, his city and his God. Isaiah prophesies back a message that basically boils down to… “God will not be mocked.” That night an angel moves through the Assyrian camp and when they wake in the morning, 185,000 soldiers are dead. That same message is the theme of one of my cousin’s favorite stories. There’s this giant named Goliath. Every morning the Israelite and Philistine armies would face off, then this giant would come forward bringing challenge. The Israelite army would then run in fear while Goliath stood there and mocked them and their God. One day a teenage shepherd boy named David happened to hear this and grew indignant. He asks: “Who is this Philistine dog that dares to defy the armies of the living God?” One slingshot battle later, that Philistine giant is headless and Israel has a new champion.
What is your favorite miracle? When was God at his greatest? Some would say that time hasn’t come yet. Maybe His greatest will come at the end of time: the seven bowls and the seven trumpets. Maybe it will be when Jesus rides on a white horse with His Name, “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” tattooed on his thigh. When He comes He will bring judgment and vindication. This old world will be destroyed and a new one will come. I know that I know that some amazing things are ahead, but until they happen we do not know just how they will happen, so for me, I’ll pass on that. I can’t wait to see it but I think greater things have already happened.
React: Many would agree with me and say God was at His greatest through the incarnation. The best way to describe that amazing and wonderful event for me is actually found in quoting Aladdin. “THE INFINITE POWER OF THE UNIVERSE!!! In an itty bitty living space.” How could God become a man? To know the fact is one thing but to understand it? Some would say this was the greatest but for me it runs a close third. Third? Do I really think one of His miracles was greater? Perhaps the feedings of the four and five thousand? Was it when He raised Lazarus from the dead? Was it the water turning to wine? No, all these things are wonderful as is the healing of the blind, the lame, and the lepers. Casting out demons displayed His power as well, but there are greater things than that.
Maybe you would say it was the death of Christ. At that time He took upon Himself the sins of the world. God allowed Himself to be murdered and tortured. He willingly remained on that cross even when those sins He bore forced a separation between the Father and the Son. The love and humility displayed there is beyond comprehension. Maybe it was on the third day when He rose up from the grave. All the powers of hell, death, and the grave could not contain Him. There have been others who have come back from death, but only Jesus is so powerful He could raise Himself. In this He proved that nothing is greater. No power could contain Him. He is the Victor!
But I would only put the events of this weekend as second. For me, there was one moment in time when God was even greater.
You see, about thirty-three years ago I was a young child sitting in a Sunday school classroom at Greece Assembly of God. The teacher was talking about one of these great moments where God displayed His awesomeness and power. Or perhaps it was one of the many, many other great things God has done that I didn’t get a chance to mention here. Then that Sunday School teacher asked a simple question. Would we like to invite Jesus to come live in us. I said yes. She had us bow our heads and I said a simple prayer that went something like this, “God, I know that I am a sinner. I have done things that have made You sad and for that I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know that You died on the cross to take my sins away. Please take them. I invite You to come live in my life. I surrender my life to You. Thank You for forgiving me. Amen.” At that moment, when I made that prayer real in my life, the great God of the universe came and took up residence in me. To me, that was when God was at His greatest. What about You?
God, I know that I am a sinner. I have done things that have made You sad and for that I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know that You died on the cross to take my sins away. Please take them. I invite You to come live in my life. I surrender my life to You. Thank You for forgiving me. Amen.