Scripture: Matthew 14:22-33; Matthew 14:13-21
During the season of Lent we are continuing our sermon series, The Footsteps of Jesus. Last week, we talked about Jesus’ parables. We discussed how Jesus’ parables paint a picture of the kingdom of God and how God works through our hands and feet to create God’s kingdom. This Sunday we will be talking about Jesus’ miracles.
A miracle is an unexpected and welcome event that cannot be explained by natural or scientific laws. Therefore, in lieu of any reasonable or rational explanation, this event is considered to be the work of divine agency. God intervenes in the world to change the natural course of events. The two miracles we are discussing this Sunday are the feeding of the 5,000 and when Jesus walks on water and calms a storm.
These stories are clearly in the category of miracle and they may not jive with our modern rationalist sentiments. Many people read these stories today and feel they are just too fantastical to believe. It’s just one step too far over the line of what feels possible. But if that’s where you land on these stories, I don’t want you dismiss them as having no value, because these stories convey something important about who Jesus was to the people of the time.
The impetus behind the story of these miracles is not whether they did or did not happen. The point is to help you understand that when you become a disciple of Jesus, you are going to be placed in positions where you have to do things that feel impossible. You’re going to be pushed to do things that cannot be done. You’re going to be asked to feed a group of 5,000 people who are hungry. You weren’t prepared for this, you don’t have the resources, but you have to find a way to make it happen.
This Sunday we’re going to talk about how Jesus calls on us to do things that feel impossible. We are asked do things that are beyond the range of our ability, but with God’s help we have to find a way. Don’t forget, Easter is just around the corner. I hope you have a great weekend with friends and family!