We have reached the final lesson in the Miracles of Jesus sermon series. And in some ways we come full circle. We are on the same shore of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus first called His disciples to follow Him. They had been fishing all night and caught nothing. But Jesus told Peter to cast out again. Peter insisted that they had already fished all night without any results, but he cast out anyway, as Jesus had asked, and they caught so many fish that their nets were breaking and their boats were sinking. Now almost three years later, the same thing happens! They have come full circle, but this time they are changed, transformed after spending three years with the Lord who is now risen from the dead!
What if you knew your future––would you live differently today? As we consider this final miracle in the Garden of Gethsemane––if Malchus, if Peter or if Judas knew their future––I think they would’ve lived differently. Jesus knew the future––which is why he was in agony in prayer. He knew what awaited Him, but He also knew the eternal plan will be fulfilled.
We are all experiencing a faith test in these difficult times. And sometimes a faith test can open our eyes spiritually. Hellen Keller was blind––and although she had no sight, she had insight. “The only thing worse than being blind,” Keller said, “is having sight but no vision.”
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
Bartimaeus is also blind. Many doors of happiness have closed to Him––finding himself poor, blind, and begging. But a door of opportunity is about to open… Will he let it pass him by?
Thankfully we allowed the Lord to open our eyes to so many incredible spiritual truths: The truth of God’s love, the truth of eternity, the truth of God’s grace. Let the Lord help you grow in faith as He has helped so many (Mark 10:46–52). Audio not available.
Jesus has just been on the mountain with Peter, James and John. A bright cloud enveloped them and Jesus glowed with luminescent glory. Moses and Elijah appeared and were talking with Jesus. It was an incredible moment that left the disciples speechless (except Peter of course!).
But we can’t always stay on the mountain top. We still have to face the difficulties and discouragements of life. And the chaos that greets the Lord as He comes down from the mountain, is like a microcosm of the fallen, broken world… • There’s a Heated Dispute • A suffering child • a desperate father • The Disciples are powerless to help • The Scribes arguing and accusing them aren’t helping either! If they’re so smart, why aren’t they casting the unclean spirit out? Because they can’t –– Only Christ Can!
UPDATE: A medical emergency was brought to our attention during this sermon (as heard in the live audio version) which allowed us to stop and pray for God’s help. This prayer was answered by God abundantly! Praise God for His wonderful blessings!