The miracles are one of the ways that Jesus’ knowledge, authority, and power start to be revealed as he begins his ministry. And by the end of his ministry Jesus is offering these same ministry tools to his various followers.
Are you a “I need to see it to believe it” type of person? There are certainly times where I am, which makes me wonder about and even long for the chance to have seen Jesus perform a miracle. To marvel at the site of a dead man returning to life, being dumbfounded as Jesus walked on water or to be astonished as a fig tree withered before my eyes. The Gospel writers have given account but to have been there…
Can you imagine it? I picture the bride and groom happily dancing away, celebrating and enjoying their time with their family and friends. But off on the far side of the room, the master of ceremonies has a worried look on his face.
You and I were made alive together with Christ. So when he was raised from the dead, so were we. When he conquered sin and death, and hell, and all its final implications, in a very real way, so did we.
Did these words, which Jesus had spoken just a day earlier, ring in the ears of the disciples? In their confusion and grief, did they remember with a sense of bitter irony the moment when Jesus had said them so reassuringly to Thomas?
In Jesus’ time, the palm branch held a similar role to the homer hanky. Palm branches were a symbol of victory and triumph.