The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of power. Always has been, always will be. Paul said that the good news of Jesus does not come in word only, but in power, in signs and wonders that attest to its supernatural reality. Oh, how we need that reality to be manifest in our day to an unbelieving generation.
God Attested To The Character and the Identity of His Son With Mighty Signs And Wonders
The book of Acts tells us that God the Father confirmed the identity and the victory of His Son through signs and wonders.
“You men of Israel, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man accredited and pointed out and shown forth and commended and attested to you by God by the mighty works and [the power of performing] wonders and signs which God worked through Him [right] in your midst, as you yourselves know—” (Acts 2:22 AMP)
“[Besides this evidence] it was also established and plainly endorsed by God, Who showed His approval of it by signs and wonders and various miraculous manifestations of [His] power and by imparting the gifts of the Holy Spirit [to the believers] according to His own will.” (Hebrews 2:4 AMP)
What does a sign do? It points somewhere, clarifying the direction to head if you want to reach your destination.
Jesus is the Saviour of the World. He is the Healer of the whole man. The Deliverer, the Provider. In every area we can expect signs that point men in His direction for these very purposes.
Great physical healings that lead men to the true Healer. Glorious deliverances that free people from demonic oppression and act as a signpost to the Saviour of their soul. Financial miracles that relieve people of their fears and clarify the way to the Way!
Signs and Wonders Are Not An Option!
Oh yes! Signs and wonders, miracles and the manifestation of divine supernatural power are not an option. They are essential. Men and women need to know the way to Jesus, and such signs are declared and designed by our Daddy in Heaven to do just that. We are not called to bring and argument, but an answer to the troubles of mankind.
Is this what the Scriptures teach, or is such talk just Pentecostal and charismatic froth and bubble?
Let’s take a brief look at just a few instances from the Book.
First, when John the Baptist was incarcerated and wracked with doubts, he sent a small delegation of his disciples to Jesus to ask, “Are you really the One?”
What was Jesus’ answer? Did He send them back with an intellectual treatise, a dissertation to convince John of His reasonable claim to the Messiahship. No, He pointed to the signs.
“Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.” (Luke 7:22 KJV)
Essentially He said, if you want to know who Messiah is, take a look where the signs are pointing.
Again, Jesus spoke to the unbelieving religious leaders of His day, and told them, “You may not believe what I say, but believe what I do!”
“If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.” (John 10:37–38 KJV)
He pointed to the signs. Proof that the Words He spoke were of divine origin.
The in the book of Acts, chapter 4. The disciples were under great pressure, persecuted and threatened by the religious and political authorities. Did they pray for the grace to endure? To be patient under tribulation? They may have, but it is not recorded.
What we do know for sure is that they understood the key place that signs and wonders play in the declaration of the gospel. Declaration MUST be accompanied by demonstration. They prayed for mighty signs and wonders to be done in the name of Jesus.
“And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.” (Acts 4:29–33 KJV)
Demonstration followed by declaration?
What we discover as we consider the gospel accounts is that the declaration often followed the demonstration. Jesus would heal the sick, then proclaim that the Kingdom had come.
Jesus encouraged His followers to first demonstrate the power of the Kingdom they proclaimed, then usher people into it…
“And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.” (Luke 10:8–9 KJV)
A Witness Comes With Evidence
It is not unreasonable to expect a witness to come with evidence. In fact, a witness who cannot present any evidence of the claims he or she makes is a weak witness indeed. We, as witnesses of the death defying, devil crushing, sin removing, world overcoming resurrection of Jesus Christ, should aggressively expect and deliver evidence of this history defining reality.
Yes, we share His sufferings, but only that we might also demonstrate the mighty power of His resurrection!
I believe with all my heart that a great outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit is required, essential, not and option but a necessity in this day and hour. No longer can man’s wisdom take the throne in our churches, but the power of God and the great and wonderful name of Jesus.
“And these signs shall follow them that believe…;” (Mark 16:17 KJV)
These were some of Jesus’ most stirring parting words. Let’s believe together for such signs to point clearly and without argument to the only true and living God and Saviour, Jesus Christ.