Sometimes Miracles are Overrated

John the Baptist apparently never worked a miracle.
Apparently Judas Iscariot did.

Matthew 7:22-23

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.


About Jon Gleason

Former Pastor of Free Baptist Church of Glenrothes
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5 Responses to Sometimes Miracles are Overrated

  1. Subito Piano says:

    …or maybe he just THOUGHT he did! 😉

    • Jon Gleason says:

      🙂 I think he did.

      Luk 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
      Luk 9:2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

      Luk 9:6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.

      As one of my seminary professors used to say, “When Jesus said that one of them would betray Him, they didn’t all say, ‘Oh, it must be Judas, he could never cast out a demon or work a miracle.'” So I’m pretty sure, in this case, that he did work miracles, just like Balaam could prophesy.

  2. Sharlene says:

    I think we spend too much time looking at the miracle instead of the One who made it possible. If Judas did miracles, it wasn’t Judas who did them – it was God. If we are looking at God, we won’t be tripped up by the miracle worker.

    • Jon Gleason says:

      That’s exactly right. Excellent comment. We err in focusing on the miracle or on the human agent. Why did God give the miracle? It wasn’t just so we could learn to view Him as some cosmic magician who does neat tricks to entertain us or to make our lives easier.

      When we focus on the human agent, we leave ourselves vulnerable to false leadership. When we focus on the miracle itself, we only learn part of the lesson God intended for us.

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