by Clarence E. Macartney

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The Faith Once Delievered (7 of 15)
The Miracles of Jesus
Clarence E. Macartney
John 11:42

This was the prayer which Jesus offered as He stood
before the sepulcher of Lazarus, about to work the
greatest and most fully recorded of all miracles. He
prayed that God would answer His prayer and work this
miracle through Him so that the Jews might believe
that God had sent Him. That was the purpose which lay
back of all His miracles. They were a witness to His
divine sonship and authority.

What Is a Miracle?

A miracle may be defined as an event occurring in the
natural world, observed by the senses, without any
adequate human or natural causes, and which is done to
reveal the will of God and to do good to man. All the
miracles of Jesus fall under such a definition as
that. But what about the miracle of the demons
entering into the swine which perished in the sea? Or
the cursing of the barren fig tree? Even these
miracles did good to man, in that timely and
profitable spiritual truth has been derived from the
consideration of them.

There are some thoughtless defenders of miracles who
carelessly liken them to the great wonders that are
performed in the world of natural science. Sometimes
you will hear people say something like this: If a
great airship weighing several tons can rise thousands
of feet into the air, overcoming the law of
gravitation, and then find its way through night and
fog and snow and rain by following the sound of a
radio beam which emanates from the sending station of
an airport; and if a man can turn a wheel in a
mahogany box and hear the voice of someone speaking on
the other side of the world, then why should we be
troubled about such miracles as the deaf hearing and
the blind seeing and the lame walking? But here it is
important to remember that these natural wonders, the
flight of the airship, and the radio, are things done
by making use in the most precise way of phy ...

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