Miracles as Metaphor

In recent days I’ve been taking a look at the various miracles of Jesus.  He did some rather cool things. Bringing someone back to life, causing a blind man to see, and giving a lame man the ability to walk are each pretty phenomenal acts. I mean, it isn’t every day that one gets to observe things such as these. But this time it wasn’t the miracle of a blind man seeing that impressed me it was something else.

As I read the stories I realized that every miracle was not only evidence of the power of God at work, but each miracle was a metaphor for a deeper and everlasting healing.  To be honest, each physical miracle ended at some point.  Each person healed is not still alive today, they did eventually die.  The once dead Lazarus, eventually died again. But there was an eternal factor to each miracle.

Jesus quotes Isaiah 61 at one point. It was captured in Luke 4:17-19

The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor

These words speak to the totality of the gospel. There is good news and every miracle Jesus performed was a metaphor for the good news. The blind were not only given their physical sight, but they were invited to see things in a new way. The eyes of their heart were opened and they were able to see Jesus for who He was and continues to be.

When we approach God today, do we recognize not only the miraculous of the physical? Do we see the miraculous of the good news at work in and through us?

What miraculous metaphors do you read in the text of Scripture?

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