The Gospels are chock full of miraculous deeds by Jesus. We see Him feeding the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish, we find Him calming the stormy Sea of Galilee, He raises a little girl from the dead, a woman suffering from an issue of blood touches the hem of his garment and finds healing, let alone the numerous other miracles he performed during his time on earth. These miracles were not simply the work of a conjurer or tricks. In his latest book The Wonder Working God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Miracles, Jared Wilson helps the reader better understand what these miracles point to, namely Jesus Christ.
Wilson begins this excellent book by outlining what the kingdom of God Jesus came to proclaim was all about. He righty notes “The kingdom of God, first of all, is this: the manifest presence of God’s sovereignty. That is, it is the reign of God being brought to bear among people and cultures in creation.” Jesus, as the long awaited Messiah into the picture demonstrating through the miracles he performed the reality of God’s sovereignty. Wilson aptly comments that these miracles are far from mundane. Conversely, they were performed in order to do four main things, namely to “demonstrate the “at hand” ness of the kingdom of God”; “they are isolated snapshots of the transformation of the broken world to the way it will someday be”; “they are acts of revolutionary subversion against the corrupt course of the world and the realm of the Evil One”; and “The miracles point to Jesus Christ himself as the source and summation of the three acts above.”
Building on those four points, Wilson engages nine of Jesus’ miracles. Each chapter provides the reader with a thorough background of what was taking place when Jesus performed that particular miracle and the necessary “so what” of why that miracle was performed to include the message that miracle declares for us today. For example, in his discussion of Jesus calming the stormy Sea of Galilee, Wilson avers we can first begin to see “evidence of the incarnation.” Jesus was tired thus demonstrating the human aspect of his walk on earth. Furthermore, despite Jesus sleeping and the waters crashing against the boat perhaps giving the impression Jesus is unaware of what is taking place, “we get no sense from any passage in any of the Gospels that Jesus Christ is ever not in control.” Wilson also notes that in the Hebrew mythos, “the waters are symbolic of chaos, even evil.” Such an approach was also the thought of many other ancient civilizations. By calming the waves, Jesus demonstrated He is God and sovereign Lord and controls the water just as he did back at creation.
I highly recommend this book for those who may have forgotten that through the miracles of Jesus found in the gospels, we have a demonstration not just of miraculous events in and of themselves, but rather proof that Jesus is Lord and worthy of glory and honor. The Lord who calmed the seas, cast out demons, and healed people is the same God who created everything and who came to die for our sins. He is the same Lord who will return in glory. Through these miracles discussed by Wilson in this very helpful book, the reader will be reminded of who God is and why we should be about worshipping His name and telling others the message of the gospel. We serve a God who is powerful and almighty yet desires to have a relationship with His people. This wonder working God can work a wondrous miracle your heart and Wilson’s book will serve as a helpful reminder of that fact.
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