Therefore we must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. 2 For if the message declared through angels was valid, and every transgression or disobedience received a just penalty, 3 how can we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? It was declared at first through the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him, 4 while God added his testimony by signs and wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, distributed according to his will.
The part that gets my attention this morning is verse 4 “while God added his testimony by signs and wonders and various miracles”. In sharing the faith there has always been an appeal to reason, but reason alone often doesn’t cut it. People aren’t looking for a faith that simply makes sense, but rather they seek a faith that does something. That makes a difference. That reveals a power beyond us.
The trap of reading a verse like the one I’ve highlighted is the temptation to assume any such “miracle” must be fantastic – like immediately healing the sick, curing the lame, casting out demons, or raising the dead. I don’t deny those things happen, but if Christians had to rely exclusively on such things Christianity would have remained a small sect of Judaism.
More frequently the demonstration of Jesus’ power is in his ability to transform a life – to take hold of someone who is lost and broken and heal them on the inside. This is the sort of miracle that drew me in. I’m still in the process of being found and being healed, but there is no comparison between my life before Jesus and after Jesus. And as I think about the church I lead, I see in my mind’s eye the faces of people being made new one day at a time.
Lord Jesus, give us to be walking and talking examples of your power to save. Amen.