Today in Bible College we learned Jesus’ secret recipe to miracles. Want in on it?
We start with Luke 6:12-19,
He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. And when day came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles: Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; and James and John; and Philip and Bartholomew; and Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot; Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
Jesus came down with them and stood on a level place; and there was a large crowd of His disciples, and a great throng of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were being cured. And all the people were trying to touch Him, for power was coming from Him and healing them all.
We can then logically break this down into the 3 fundamental ingredients to a miracle:
1. Get alone and pray
Although we are still unclear as to if it must be on a literal mountain or not, we are 100% certain that it must be alone and all night long. Note: if you live on the prairies you can try a hill, or simply think about a mountain as you pray.
2. Get involved in a local community of believers
What did Jesus do next? He created a community. He picked 12 disciples out; thereby creating and then entering into fellowship with a religious community. Community (being involved in your local church) is a necessary thing we must do before proceeding to step 3. Heck, even Jesus can’t do miracles without community.
3. Awesome Miracles!
Sometimes I leave class actually feeling dumber than when I entered it.
It’s like having some kind of evangelical screwdriver stuck in my ear and then twisting it around until a bit of the brain gives way.
With all-due respect to my professor:
There is never a secret recipe or formula to a miracle. Well, not unless you are practicing witchcraft. God rarely does the same thing twice. Jesus won’t even heal a person the same way twice. One time he will just lay hands on someone, and the next he is spitting in some mud and rubbing it on them. God is just like that–likes to keep you on your toes.
Jesus in this story was not “creating a community of believers“. Nor was it any indication that community plus prayer equals miracles. The text states that he already had a whole slew of disciples (or community) there with him; he was simply organizing and structuring them–he was picking out his leadership team. Why? Well most likely because he knew (from his prayer night) that he was about to go into a really crowded city and that God was going to move. He knew he needed a well organized leadership team along with him to have his back and keep things going smoothly.
If anything this verse here is a great reference for us to use about the importance of leadership and proper organization. Could do a teaching on that whole “Even Jesus understood the need for good leadership teams…” kind of thing.
We cannot however, bend these verses to fit our talk for the day on the importance of being involved in a local church community. As you all have taught me, “A text without context is a pretext.”
I would be interested though in knowing how many cases we can come up with in the bible that show an example of someone getting alone with God; receiving a vision (quest, goal, mandate, etc); and then gathering about them a team to better accomplish the goal. Anyone want to research that one? Let me know if you got some examples.
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