Three reasons why miracles are rarely happening today
1. Miracles were critical on the onset of early movement
Before Jesus returned to heaven, He anointed his disciples to perform miracles—raise the dead. They needed it to demonstrate the power and glory of God. It sparked a lasting movement.
Miracles are intended to proclaim the Gospel
If God had to intervene in every cancer or impoverished situation, it would no longer be a miracle. That would be like heaven, where God prevents anything bad from happening to His people.
“… by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.”
2. God has a time frame for everything
God defies the natural law to do miracles. To do so was critical in the advent of Christianity. In fact, Jesus refused to perform His first miracle at a wedding because His ministry has not begun.
The apostles did miracles, but the anointing was not transferable
There is no Biblical text that indicates an apostolic succession or a “vicar of Christ.” The Holy Spirit actively worked with them in an era long gone.
“God did extraordinary miracles through Paul so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured, and the evil spirits left them.“
3. Miracles are irrelevant to an unbelieving generation, instead God gives visions and dreams
God knew man’s knowledge would increase. The internet made it possible for anyone to become a philosopher or a doctor. In fact, the idea of a Creator is mocked by intellects—miracles regarded as pseudo-science.
Clearly, God designed man’s salvation history with the first covenant that He knew would fail. Then came the incarnate Jesus, who did miracles.
As we enter the third millennia, Christian apologetics becomes critical in preaching the Gospel.
“And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams…”
Don’t call everything a miracle
Today, many cancer patients live longer than expected. Recent technology is creating this “miracle.” On the other hand, God’s miracle defies physics and natural science. The result should point back to Jesus, who wants everyone to be saved.
Miracles happen for God’s glory alone
Jesus’ reluctance in turning water into wine favors the host. It was trivial. Miracles are not for one’s comfort but to reveal God’s glory.
“This sickness is not unto death (resurrection of Lazarus), but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified by it.”