Sermon Notes:THE MIRACLES OF JESUS CHRIST
THE FOLLOWING ARE PASTOR CRUTCHFIELD’S NOTES FROM THE 3/10/2013 SERVICE AT COMPASSION CHURCH OF KATY.
Jesus performed many miracles during his time on earth. The Bible tells us about many but probably not even all of them. There were at least three reasons behind the miracles that Christ performed 1) To prove that God was real 2) To prove that he (Christ) was real 3) To prove that which he taught us was true. Jesus must have known the people of Missouri, long before it was established because he certainly had no problem with the “show me” approach !
Today I want to look at a handful of examples of the miracles Jesus performed while on earth. Beginning with the words of ,
“ On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They don’t have any wine.” Jesus replied “ Woman what does that have to do with me ? My time has not come yet.” His mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Nearby were six stone water jars used for the Jewish cleansing ritual, each able to hold twenty of thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water,” and they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “ Now draw some from them and take it to the headwaiter, and they did. The headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine. He didn’t know where it came from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew..
The headwaiter called the groom and said “everyone serves the good wine first. They bring out the second rate wine only when the guests are drinking freely. You have kept the good wine until now.”
This was one of our Lord’s first miracles. It also illustrates the point that anything that comes from God, is in every way better than that which comes from this world.
Now let’s look at what he did for the fishermen in,
Jesus boarded one of the boats, the one that belonged to Simon, the asked him to row out a little distance from the shore. Jesus sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he finished speaking to the crowds he said to Simon, “Row out further and drop your nets for a catch.” Simon replied, “ Master, we’ve worked the nets all night and caught nothing. But because you say so I’ll drop the nets.” So they dropped the nets and their catch so so huge that their nets were splitting. They signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They filled both boats so full they were about to sink.”
They had caught nothing all night. But Jesus came and taught, and they were obedient to him. Then their catch was so large they they could barely get it all to shore !
Our Lord and savior is so powerful even the forces of nature heed his command. We see an example of this in,
“One day Jesus and his disciples boarded a boat. He said to them, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake. So they set sail. While they were sailing, he fell asleep. Gale force winds swept down on the lake. The boat was filling with water and they were in danger. So they went and woke Jesus, shouting Master, Master, we’re going to drown ! But he got up and gave orders to the wind and the violent waves. The storm died down and it was calm.
Can you imagine ! Christ in this miracle proved his dominion over, and authority over the earth. He is so powerful that even the wind and the rains obey his commands !
Most of us have at least heard of the story of the loaves and the fishes. What many do not know is that Jesus performed this miracle twice days apart. We read of the first example in,
“ Late in the day, his disciples came to him and said, “ This is an isolated place, and it’s already late in the day. Send them away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy something to eat for themselves.” He replied You give them something to eat.” But they said to him, “ Should we go off and buy bread worth almost eight months pay and give it to them to eat ?” He said to them, “ how much bread do you have ? Take a look.” After checking they said “ Five loaves of bread and two fish.” He directed the disciples to seat all the people in groups as if they were having a banquet on the green grass. They sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. He took the five loaves and two fish, looked up to heaven, blessed them, broke the loaves into pieces and gave them to his disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. Everyone ate until they were full. They filled twelve baskets with the leftover pieces of bread and fish. About 5,000 had eaten.
What a mind boggling miracle ! All at once God provided food for their stomachs and showed them how massive his power is. Now let’s read about what happened several days later at,
Jesus asked “ How much bread do you have ?” They said “ Seven loaves.” he told the crowd to sit on the ground. He took the seven loaves, gave thanks, broke them apart, and gave them to his disciples to distribute; and they gave the bread to the crowd. They also had a few fish. He said a blessing over them, then gave them to the disciples to hand out also. They ate until they were full. They collected seven baskets full of leftovers. This was a crowd of about four thousand people ! Jesus sent them away.”
I know a lot of people who wish they could stretch their food budgets like that !
Can you remember when you learned to swim ? When you begin it can be hard just to keep yourself on the surface of the water, and that’s in a nice quiet pool. Remember that as we see what Christ did in,
When evening came Jesus’ disciples went down to the lake. They got into a boat and were crossing the lake to Capernaum. It was already getting dark, and Jesus hadn’t come to them yet. The water was getting rough because a strong wind was blowing. When the wind had driven them for about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the water. He was approaching the boat and they were afraid. Then he said to them “ I am Don’t be afraid.” Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and just then the boat reached the land where they had been heading.”
Understand what this verse is describing. Christ didn’t just walk a few feet across the water, but several miles. He didn’t walk across a nice calm pool, but a storm tossed lake.
Many were witness to these miracles. We even have multiple independent written accounts of some of them. They were performed and recorded so that we without doubt could know some simple truths. God is real. Jesus Christ his son is real. They are one and their power knows no restriction on earth or elsewhere.
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Posted on March 10, 2013, in Compassion Church of Katy and tagged Jesus Christ, Loaves and Fishes, Miracles, Pastor Crutchfield, Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Turning water into wine, Walking on Water. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.