NOTES ALONG THE JOURNEY - XXVIII
MAGIC AND MIRACLES
The atrium at the 30-storey Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas had perhaps half a dozen people, but within a matter of minutes that number became ten times as much. The crowd, as one man, stared up in wonder; some had their fingers over their open mouths, others drew in their breath and let it out with loud irreverent exclamations.
The famous magician Criss Angel had just climbed over the parapet in front of his room and was now suspended in space about twenty storeys above the ground. There were no strings attached. This was levitation, driven, as he says, by the power of the mind. He then descended gradually and gently, much like a slow elevator. As he touched the ground effortlessly, a cheer went up from the crowd. The magician savoured the applause for a few moments, waved all around and then walked away nonchalantly.
If seeing it on TV was engaging, being there must have been awesome. In our own land, miracle workers have gathered millions of followers. The wizard gets attention, a following, glory and wealth. Apart from this, these stunts do precious little for anyone.
How different the miracles Jesus did when He was physically present on earth and the miracles that happen in His name around the world today.
These are never for entertainment, self gratification or for the glory of a man. They always meet the desperate need of people. Food for the hungry, cure for the sick, rest for the weary and life for the dead.
When we ask Jesus for a miracle, and I hope we do this often, what is our motive? He is not a performer who will entertain us. He is not a businessman who will give us one miracle for every unit of allegiance we give Him. He is LORD of all the universe, He loves us and knows fully well when we need a miracle and when we don't.
His brothers said, "You can't become famous if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, show yourself to the world!" For even His brothers didn't believe in Him (Jn. 7: 5).
But despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in Him (Jn. 12:37 New Living Bible).