Jesus: The God of Miracles
Palm Sunday is a historic day for believers all around the world. It’s a day to remember that Jesus is not only a humble King, but a compassionate one who demonstrated incredible miracles like healing the sick. He is the God of miracles.
They brought the colt to Jesus. Then they placed their prayer shawls on its back, and Jesus rode it as he descended the Mount of Olives toward Jerusalem. As he rode along, people spontaneously threw their prayer shawls on the path in front of him like a carpet. As soon as he got to the bottom of the Mount of Olives, the crowds of his followers shouted with a loud outburst of ecstatic joy over all the mighty wonders of power they had witnessed. Luke 19:35-37 (The Passion Translation)
It’s an infamous story, Jesus riding into Jerusalem on the back of a humble donkey between fanned palm leaves and shouts of praise and adoration. Cloaks line the road like a makeshift carpet, and loud cries of “Hosanna, Hosanna!” echo throughout the city streets. Thousands of Jews watching, waiting, hoping to catch a quick glimpse of this Nazarene who makes the blind see and the lame walk. This simple carpenter, Jesus, who was better known for his miracles than his woodwork, was now the center of attention during one of the busiest weeks of the year, Passover. Palm Sunday marks the height of Jesus’ ministry and the beginning of the end of God’s magnificent redemption plan. Again we see this humble King’s motivation wasn’t to be served, but to serve. And his first order of business was the temple…
Upon entering Jerusalem Jesus went directly into the temple area and drove away all the merchants who were buying and selling their goods. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the stands of those selling doves. And he said to them, “My dwelling place will be known as a house of prayer, but you have made it into a hangout for thieves!”
Then the blind and the crippled came into the temple courts, and Jesus healed them all. And the children circled around him shouting out, “Blessings and praises to the Son of David!” Matthew 21:12-14 (The Passion Translation)
The part of this story most often highlighted and taught is Jesus’ anger at the merchants, the turning and tossing of tables, and ultimately God’s wrath. But it’s not the most important part. The most important part begins with the word Then…
Then the blind and the crippled came into the temple courts, and Jesus healed them all… (emphasis mine).
Why is the word Then so important here? Because only after all the merchants were gone and the tables cleared out could there be room for God’s business, healing. We see that Jesus wasn’t trying to make a scene; he was trying to make room. A space for the sick, the weary, the lost, the needy.
Pastor Bill Johnson says it like this…
“Christianity was never meant to be known by its disciplines. It’s to be known by its passion.”
That day in the temple we see not so much an angry God, but one of passion, one of jealousy for his Father’s true intentions and purposes. Jesus walked in daily miracles because his ultimate goal was to complete the Father’s plan perfectly. Every move he made was in line with and in response to his Father’s will (John 5:19). And his Father’s will was to make room for the sick and heal them. No qualifications for holiness needed, no important lessons for anyone to learn first. Jesus knew that what would give his Father the greatest glory was displaying his true nature as a healer and redeemer. And in one short day, a marketplace became a hospital.
Maybe you are in a place where you need a miracle. Maybe it’s someone close to you. Whether it’s physical, emotional, relational, mental, or financial, Jesus sees you and he is moved with compassion for you. He’s cleared out the temple, turned over tables, and broken down barriers just to make sure there’s room for your healing. He isn’t repulsed by your problems or uninterested in the details. He’s not sending you away to get your life together first. He’s removed every obstacle and is asking you to trust him with all of your needs. Because he’s the God of miracles, and he doesn’t change.
This Is A Move - Tasha Cobbs Leonard
God of Miracles (live) - Jesus Culture featuring Chris Quilala
Revelation Song -Gateway Worship
Jesus, I know you are the God of miracles, and I place my trust in you for all of my needs. You see me and care for me just as you saw and cared for the thousands of people you healed during your time on earth. There is no one who cares for me or loves me more than you. I know that I can put my faith in you once more and trust in your good name. Amen.