Jesus has worked through a countless number of miraclesthroughout his lifetime. Jesus has showed his power over sickness and evil whenhe healed. He showed his control over nature and he also showed his power overdeath when he was raised from the dead. God has taught us that we will alwaysbe connected with him in a special way and he will always be with us whereverwe go.
We will have an eternal relationship with God. By dying on the cross andrising from the grave, Jesus has provided us with a new life in his hands thatwill never end. Theresurrection of Jesus assures us the he has forgiven us. Throughout the OldTestament and the New Testament, Jesus made many promises and because of hisresurrection, we can count on all his promises, including the promise that wewill rise someday and be with him. After the resurrection of Jesus, we learnthat Jesus is still working miracles and still with his people, including hisdisciples. God is still present with us, just in a new and special way.
The whole Bible points to the day that Jesus died onthe cross. Jesus was accused of blasphemy, arrested, mocked and crucified.Although Jesus had the power to prevent and stop these things from happening tohim, he didn’t use his power to save himself, because instead he needed to savehis people. Jesus had to let these horrible events happen to himself, in orderto be put on the cross and crucified. This was his mission. Jesus had to sufferfor the sins of the world. Throughout the Bible, there are several interactions andstories about the use of water.
In Genesis is the story about Noah and theflood, where God created a flood of water to destroy all the evil that had comeupon the earth. The flood would destroy the rest of the flesh that was left onthe earth. God made it rain for forty days and forty nights.
At the end of theflood, God placed a rainbow in the sky as a promise that he would never againflood the entire earth. The miraculous crossing of the Red Sea, is where God separatedthe waters to make a wall of water on the right and a wall of water on theleft. God created a path of dry ground for the Israelites to pass through and inthe end, rescues the Israelites from Egypt. Naaman was healed of leprosy whenGod told him to go wash himself in the Jordan River seven times. The JordanRiver is like God’s water, because it was holy. God used both water and hisword to cure Naaman and cleansed him, even though the water of the Jordan Riverwas so dirty.
In Jesus’ early ministry, he was baptized by John the Baptist, inorder to align himself with sinners. Jesus takes up all the sins upon himselfand gives his people righteousness. Today, our own baptism connects us with thework of Christ. Jesus paid his penalty for our sin and his work is applied tous in our baptism. We are baptized into Jesus’ death and buried with him. The creation of man and woman shows that just by thehands of God, he can create and perform miracles. God created Adam from thedust of the ground and made Adam a living creature, by breathing the breath oflife into his nostrils.
The creation of Eve is so unique, because she wascreated from one of Adam’s ribs, by the hands of God. God wanted Adam and Eveto made from one flesh, creating a unique relationship between the two. Godbrings into existence everything out of nothing by the power of his word. Godcreated everything for a purpose.
On day one, God created light and separated lightinto day and night. On the second day, God created the heavens. The third day, Godcreated both the earth and the sea, and on the earth, he created vegetation andplants. On the fourth day, God created the sun, moon and the stars. The fifthday, God created both sea creatures and birds. Now on the seventh day, Godcreated living creatures, including man and woman to be made in the image ofGod.
To be made in the image of God, means to be made without sin, and bothbelieving and gladly doing God’s will. God finished his work of creation and onthe seventh day, he rested from all his work that he had done. God blessed theseventh day and made it holy.