If you are a fan of the Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, you will hear the characters talking about and looking forward to a Christmas miracle. This article is to prove that we do not have to wait until the days surrounding December 25 to expect a miracle.
Surely, we celebrate Jesus' birth on December 25. However, the miracles surrounding Jesus' birth are not limited to only that time of year. In other words, we should expect a miracle every day.
A miracle is a surprising and welcome event that cannot be explained by natural or scientific laws. It can also be defined as a highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings about good news and consequences. A miracle is the intervention of an extremely outstanding or unusual event or thing manifesting itself in our lives.
You can't make miracles happen on your own. If you could, they wouldn't be miracles. Therefore, a miracle is the intervention and work of God in your life. The miracles you received have been customized just for you. In other words, a miracle for you might not necessarily be a miracle for anyone else.
Miracles Not Contrary to the Laws of Nature
The word "miracle" is often used to describe any act that is unlikely but not contrary to the laws of nature, such as surviving a natural disaster. Some people consider a miracle to be something "wonderful" that happens, such as "the miracle of childbirth."
Singles who have been waiting a long time to get married might say it was a miracle when they become engaged on Christmas Day. That was a wonderful occurrence. However, it was not a miracle according to the definition of the word because it didn't go against the laws of nature.
A True Miracle
A true miracle:
- The dictionary definition: a miracle cannot be explained by laws of nature.
- The Bible dictionary: a miracle is a supernatural occurrence that goes against the laws of nature.
Jesus performed seven miracles in the Gospels of John.
- Changing water into wine at Cana John 2:1-11.
- Healing of the official's son John 4: 46-54.
- Healing the paralytic at Bethesda in John 5:1-15.
- Feeding the 5000 in John 6:5-14.
- Walking on water in John 6:16-24.
- Healing the man blind from birth in John 9:1-7.
- The raising of Lazarus in John 11:1-45.
Jesus' disciples performed miracles after His death as recorded in The Acts of the Apostles.
Jesus: The First Christmas Miracle
Even though Jesus performed miracles for others while He was on earth, He Himself was the first Christmas miracle. Therefore, all people are given a miracle on Christmas Day. However, it is up to them to accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord that God sent to earth. The miracle came so no one would perish, but all would have everlasting life (John 3:16).
No matter how many miracles you get throughout your life, none will surpass that first Christmas miracle that came as a baby lying in a manger wrapped in swaddling cloths under a starry and silent night.
As you celebrate Christmas, accept, embrace and remember that your very first Christmas miracle was one that you share with others. Therefore, you can sing "Joy to the World" for the Lord is come not just for you alone but for all people.
Jesus: The Everlasting Miracle
Jesus was not only the first Christmas miracle, He is the miracle that lasts all year last. Usually, people talk about and testify about their ordinary miracles only for a short time after they happen. Because Jesus is our extraordinary and everlasting miracle, we can testify about Him and share His good every day of the year because He is the gift that keeps on giving.
His love for us does not disappear after December 25 and returns again for us a year later.
The next time people share with you about receiving a miracle, remind them about Jesus the Christ who was the first Christmas miracle and is still the everlasting miracle.
Keep in mind that this article is not about Jesus' first miracle that He performed on earth when He changed water into wine as recorded in John 2:1-11.
The article is about Jesus being the first Christmas miracle Himself that God sent to earth for us.