Reading the story of Jesus healing the paralytic man this morning, I’m struck by something Jesus said. After he forgave the lame man’s sins, and the religious leaders questioned his authority to do so, Jesus said, “Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier; to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven’, or to say ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority to on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, “I tell you get up, take your mat and go home.” (Mark 2:8-11).
Then the man got up and walked home!
What struck me was the connection between the Jesus who performs miracles and the Jesus who speaks through creation texts today. The same Jesus who has authority to override physical reality when it’s broken (i.e. heal lame limbs) is the Jesus through whom all physical reality came to be (everything made through him – John 1:3, the whole universe – Hebrews 1:2), and the one in whom all physical reality now holds together (Colossians 1:17). It takes a lot of faith, and a very expansive view of Jesus’ authority over physical reality to believe in miracles; about as much as it takes to believe that Jesus can speak through the universe he made (and everything that fills it)!
Which, to me, is illumining. Because whenever I discern his voice through a supernova, song or a biological truth, it feels pretty miraculous. Every time it happens I’m reminded of Christ’s authority over all things! That Jesus really does have the authority to speak through whatever he wants to! Every miracle is a testament to this fact.