How do we define a miracle? Are we able to distinguish one happening as being genuinely miraculous as against another which is not? What exactly would you consider miraculous enough to convince you of God’s presence?
These are important questions, but they seem likely to remain unanswerable to those who are sceptical about God.
When asked specifically for a miraculous sign, Jesus points to a miracle documented in scripture rather than performing on demand. There are many examples of miracles throughout the Old Testament scriptures that Jesus could have chosen, but he chose Jonah. Jesus chose Jonah not only to give an example of a miracle but also to show how the scriptures were already pointing to the truth of his identity and predicting his final glorious triumph over evil. The Pharisees had seen plenty of evidence of miracles from Jesus and so he had no reason to think that showing them again would make them any more likely to recognise him and repent and turn back to God.
Matthew 12:38-42 NLT
One day some teachers of religious law and Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we want you to show us a miraculous sign to prove your authority.” But Jesus replied, “Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign; but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. “The people of Nineveh will stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for they repented of their sins at the preaching of Jonah. Now someone greater than Jonah is here—but you refuse to repent. The queen of Sheba will also stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Now someone greater than Solomon is here—but you refuse to listen.
How many miracles have you actually witnessed or experienced? Who can say? All I can say is that I know that I have been given enough evidence. Miracles or not, I have heard the truth of the gospel of Jesus and I can’t help but believe! All I want to do is hear more of God’s truth and follow where it leads me.
Genesis 37:1-38:30, Matthew 12:22-45, Psalms 16:1-11, Proverbs 3:27-32