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Do You Believe in Miracles? (1 of 4)
Matthew 15:30-31; Matthew 11:4-5
[Video of US beating Russia in 1980 in Olympics]
1. It is not only one of the most famous broadcasting calls in sports history, it is probably the only one that asked a theological question and for sure the only one that gave the correct theological answer, ''Do you believe in miracles? Yes!'' To be honest, that unbelievable upset of the United States beating Russia for the Gold Medal in Hockey in 1980 was as close to a miracle in the sports world as you might ever get. But it really wasn't a miracle. Anybody that knows anything about sports knows that anybody or any team at any place at any time can beat anybody else.
2. Still, the question remains, ''Do you believe in miracles?'' Before we answer the question, we have to ask an even bigger question and that is, ''What do we mean by miracles?'' After doing a lot of study on my own, let me give you my definition.
Miracle: An act of God using or exceeding the laws of nature to perform humanly impossible feats to reveal His power and glorify Himself.
There are two things you need to notice immediately about that definition. First, a miracle assumes there is a God who can perform one. Secondly, it assumes that God does indeed perform miracles.
3. This is important, particularly for us to understand over the last century or more, humans have become incresingly skeptical about the possiblity much less the reality of miracles. Skepticism about miracles is nothing new. If you go to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington you will find on display a leather-bound book called the Jefferson Bible. It was his own particular version of the Bible that he read every day until the end of his life. Using a razor, Jefferson cut and pasted selected verses from the Four Gospels in chronological order and left out every single miracle or reference to a miracle found in any of them. This is a gospe ...
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