Thursday, August 06, 2020
There’s a whole entertainment company using a word from today’s Bible verse as their name. They have created dozens of characters to be superheroes who give us hope that evil can be conquered and good will rule the day. We MARVEL at them.
But there is only one true superhero, and here’s what He said:
And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel.
After the religious people of that region had witnessed Jesus do some miraculous things, Jesus announces to them, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
Now before we start trying to list all the miracles that would make everyone marvel at the power of God, please consider this:
The greatest miracle of God is to grant life to those who are dead.
Last night I took one of my grandsons fishing. At one point, while rescuing a lure from an underwater tomb, the propellor on my trolling motor became wedged in a tree branch. It locked up. It wouldn’t run anymore. Our night of fishing appeared to be over. After checking all connections and even banging on it with my fist, we started to pack up to head home. But after a short prayer, I plugged the motor in one more time, turned it on, and after a few seconds of slow motion movement accompanied by the sound of stripped gears, the motor returned to normal function, and we fished for another hour with no problems. We marveled at what God did.
But if I need signs and wonders to make me marvel at God, I do not yet understand God. The greatest motivator of marvel is the indwelling life of Jesus Christ that has been granted to me by grace alone. I carry in me the eternal life of a Jesus Christ. Not because I have earned it, or deserve it, but because God gave Jesus the power and authority to grant life to whom He pleases. Because I believe in who Jesus is and what he accomplished on the cross to pay the debt of my sin, and that He was raised from the dead, it pleases Jesus to grant me life. Eternal life. Nothing can ever exceed the marvel of that miracle.
We marvel at Marvel heroes who fight for justice and good, and give us hope. We wait for the next episode in anticipation that we will marvel again. It is time to realize that we can constantly marvel at the miracle of being rescued from the graveyard of spiritual death and have been granted eternal life. There’s no need to seek anything else to motivate marvel in us. We marvel at the saving grace of God.