He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Matthew 12:39-40)
As humans we are fascinated with the spectacular. We are captivated and mesmerized by the supernatural. It’s no wonder every other show on TV explores some form of paranormal activity.
In the context of the above verses, Jesus healed a man with a shriveled hand. Many who saw the miracle began following Him. The Bible tells us that as they traveled, Jesus healed ALL who were sick and later also delivered a man who was tormented by a demon.This God who so freely gives and so willingly sacrifices, is present here and now as we call on His name. Click To Tweet
Nestled in the accounts of these supernatural events, we find the answer to why Jesus did what He did. Matthew records that Jesus’ supernatural acts of compassion were to fulfill a prophecy about bringing justice, restoration and hope to the nations.
Even after all the miracles, the Pharisees kept asking Him for a sign. But Jesus pointed to the mission for which He had come, to give His life for humanity; His sacrifice would bring justice and hope for the nations. As His children we know this to be reality in our lives – that His life, death and resurrection have brought us far beyond our deserved justice of God since Jesus took our place and restored hope.
This Christmas, let’s remember not to get wrapped up in external things. I am not denying or discarding miracles or other external manifestations of God’s presence, but we do not need the spectacular to believe Jesus is present with us. Allow me to paraphrase the most known verse in the Bible: For God so loved us, that He sent the ultimate expression of Himself and the most perfect manifestation of His presence in the form of Jesus, so we might have life eternal. (John 3:16)Heartfelt worship will bring about Christ's nearness and presence in our lives. Click To Tweet
This God who so freely gives, this Jesus who so willingly sacrifices, is present here and now in our lives when we call on His name. Heartfelt worship will bring about the one manifestation we need, His nearness and presence in our lives.
He desires to draw us to Himself, and as we lift Him up and worship Him, we accomplish that very thing. (John 12:32)
As we focus on the lights, the gifts and a day off, let’s not forget Jesus IS the ultimate manifestation of God’s presence. Emmanuel, God with us in Jesus, for us and in us. Let’s worship Him and enjoy His presence.
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.