The Miracles of Christmas

Jesus was born at Christmas – the Incarnation – a miracle because He is perfectly man and all of God in human form – a baby born of a virgin. The faith we believe in and proclaim worldwide is one that is filled with miracles and the supernatural – angels appearing and singing, angels bringing messages to various players in the Christmas story, warning of persecution and unplanned vacations in Egypt to protect the baby, wise men, shepherds, and stars that appear and guide.

Jesus, when He first began His ministry, also perfornmed miracles. He used the supernatural aspect of His ministry to attract crowds to whom He could then preach to about the Kingdom of God – which was, by His own words, the reason He came. As He did these miracles people came to believe in Him.

Examples of this found early in John’s Gospel …

John 2:11 This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.

John 2:23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, observing His signs which He was doing.

John 3:2 (in His conversation with Nicodemus) this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”

Of course, miracles and the supernatural were not limited to the beginning of His ministry. John’s gospel records 7 miracles or major signs that Jesus performed that proved He was who He said He was and which drew crowds – some of whom came to believe after hearing His message. There were other miracles and signs – other than the major seven that John records and points to – and as John mentions, the things Jesus did if they were all written down would fill the world with books (John 21:25).

For our faith to be contagious today we too need to walk in the supernatural and prove to people, as Jesus did, that the message is true and worthy of consideration. We are called to be His ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20) and so we represent a supernatural Kingdom and King and must be able to move in supernautral power as He did. This is the reason for the Baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8) where we received the power and the gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) to walk in the supernatural and so be able to fully proclaim the Gospel.

Paul states: (1 Corinthians 2:4-5) …”and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.”

He wrote in Romans (15:18-19) “For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed, in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.”

We can do nothing less or else we will not have fully proclaimed the Gospel and people will not even stop long enough to listen. The story of the first Christmas is brimming with miracles, signs and wonders and sets the norm for the faith that came from this supernatural event … Jesus, anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power (Acts 10:38) walked as a human being in the supernatural; so must we this Christmas and every day of every year.

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