We are looking at signs and wonders, miracles and healings, deliverances and the raising of the dead – the need for the supernatural when we are speaking to others about Jesus and His resurrection from the dead.
A few years ago an evangelism team went to Scotland to share the good news of Jesus. Some members of the team witnessed to a young man named Chris Harrison, a drug dealer who was very skeptical about God. Several people tried sharing the Gospel with him, but he would always change the subject and talk about some other religion or philosophy that he had heard about.
Finally one of the Christians asked the young man, “What would it take for you to believe God really loves you?”
The man had a ready answer: “My sister s seriously diabetic, and the doctors have said that in a year she will be completely blind. If your God is a God of love, let’s see what He can do about that!”
Only hours later his sister, Nicola, was across town in a tent crusade, where some of the other evangelism team members were praying for her healing. Her diabetes and her eyes were completely healed, leaving her brother Chris with no alternative but to acknowledge that God had given him the very miracle he requested. Although the Christians were unable to convince him by theological arguments, God intervened with a persuasive miracle.
A missionary in Belize recently prayed for an 11-year-old girl named Aisha who had a badly swollen leg, caused by a painful staph infection. There was no immediate healing, but the missionary told the girl that Jesus would come and touch her that night.
Sure enough, Jesus appeared to Aisha.He was dressed in a shinning white robe. He sat down on her bed, moved her teddy bear, and kissed her foot. Aisha was instantly healed! She got up to tell her sisters and started dancing on the leg she could hardly even walk on before. Her sisters were so scared by her account that one hid under the ned covers and the other hid under the bed. It was an experience none of them would ever forget.
Apostolic evangelism goes beyond talk to demonstration. According to Paul, the apostle, “The kingdom of God is not in word, but in power” (1 Corinthians 4:20). Few people today will be won by persuasive words alone. Tired of our talk and bored with our theology, they are looking for evidence of the God who transcends our rationalistic and materialistic world.