I spoke to a man recently who came from a Charismatic background. He was looking for evidence of the Spirit in the form of healings and miracles.

Then I watched a movie. A typical Christian movie. It was full of signs and miracles and changed lives, but not even one time did they explain the gospel that rescues sinners. Not once! So I sat down to write…

The religious world in our day is infatuated with miracles. We love to hear about healings, and resurrections, and rain out of a clear blue sky. We obsess about tongues and supernatural events and the visible “working of the Spirit.” We long for them. We talk about them. We share them with others.

And all the while, we sit beneath the cross where the God-man is bleeding. Bleeding! And dying for us.

“But God raised Jesus from the dead”

The amazing thing about Jesus’ resurrection is not that a dead person was brought to life. God gave life in the first place and he can raise men whenever he wants to. The amazing thing about the resurrection is that the infinite being who bore the weight of all our sins and paid an infinite penalty, was raised to life. The resurrection is not about a miracle. The resurrection is about the conquering of sin and death.

The resurrection means that not only did the Christ bear our punishment, but that we can now live eternal life in him! We serve a living saviour who broke the power of the curse and gave hope and signal of the final resurrection for each believer.

Enough of the hype

So don’t tell me about how you accepted Jesus Christ into your life and he changed you. No matter how sensational the story may be, it’s missing the point. Tell me about Christ’s gospel and how you finally learned to obey it.

Don’t tell me about the Spirit’s work in tongues and miracles and amazing signs. Tell me about the love and joy and peace that are the fruit of your daily submission to the Spirit.

Don’t tell me about your miracles. They’re boring. Tell me about a cross where the God-man is bleeding. Tell me how Christ did the unimaginable and came to this planet because he loved us. That is amazing.

Tell me how Christ took my sin on him and bore it to the cross where he was brutally executed… in my place. That is amazing.

Tell me how the rebel-heart of some “lovely Christian person” has been broken and brought to a conviction of it’s own rebellion and sin. That is amazing.

You seek the sensational? You want the amazing? You want something with life and power?

The God-man is bleeding!

He’s bleeding!

And dying.

For you.

 

Grace to you.

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About Jason Harris

Dr Jason Harris is a writer, pastor, and academic. He has authored multiple books, articles, and papers including his book Theological Meditations on the Gospel. Jason has a PhD from James Cook University as well as degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research. Jason has lived in Cairns, Australia since 2007 and serves as pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at jason@jasonharris.com.au.

4 Comments

  1. Alen 30 January, 2009 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    “The God-man”?

  2. Jason Harris 31 January, 2009 at 12:35 am - Reply

    That would be Jesus Christ.

  3. Alen 31 January, 2009 at 8:11 am - Reply

    I realized that :) It is just a ‘unusual’ way to refer to Him :)

  4. Jason Harris 31 January, 2009 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Yeah, I suppose it is. =P

    The reason I used it is that the statement “The God-man is bleeding” encapsulates three of the most unthinkable miracles in the history of the world (He is God. He is man. He is bleeding.)

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