God’s Hope for Your Heart from John 2

JESUS HAS A PURPOSE FOR HIS POWER

Jesus performed this first sign in Cana of Galilee.  He displayed His glory, and His disciples believed in Him…
So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this.  And they believed the Scripture and the statement Jesus had made.  While He was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many trusted in His name when they saw the signs He was doing.  (John 2:11, 22-23)

Jesus doesn’t do parlor tricks.

He doesn’t show off to get attention.  He doesn’t do miracles only for the sake of love and compassion, either,  though that’s part of it.

Jesus has a purpose for His power.

It’s not to impress His disciples or to delight the crowd.  It’s not to prove Himself as a powerful person.

Jesus shows His power to push away doubt and prepare the way for faith in Him.  Jesus does miracles to muscle out our skepticism and help us believe in Him.  And, when He does this, it’s not just so that we will believe Him in our minds.

Jesus shows His power so we’ll trust Him in our hearts.

Here’s why this is good news.  As you pray for miracles, you can have confidence that whatever result comes your way, Jesus is going to use it for God’s glory and your good.  Not only that, but the more at peace you are with whichever answer you receive, the more likely it is that you’ll discover the miracle God wants for you, because it’s not about you; it’s about Jesus!

That means that however God answers your prayer, you can have hope because of this truth: Jesus has a purpose for His power.

-Pastor Phillip


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