The Miracle and Celebration of Life – Five Miracles of Life
There are many miracles in the Bible, but this article will target a specific Five Miracles of Life. Do you have a favorite miracle? This article will pretty well sum up that life itself is a miracle and something that ought to be celebrated!
1. The Miracle of the Creation of Man
To Begin with, God made everything from nothing. God in His infinite power desired to create mankind in His own image. Long ago, before the earth and all things in it, there was only God.
On day one, God said, “Let there be light.”
Genesis 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
On day two, God made the sky or the heavens.
Genesis 1:8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
On day three, God separated the land from the waters and created flowers, trees, and grass.
Genesis 1:9-13 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day.
On day four, God made the sun, moon, and stars.
Genesis 1:16-19 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
On day five, the birds and fish were created.
Genesis 1:20-23 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
On day six, God made animals.
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: …
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Genesis 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
God made people to be like Him. He named the man Adam, and Adam named his wife, Eve. This was a wonderful miracle of life!
God made you and me! He made us to be like Him, to love Him, to honor Him and worship Him and to have fellowship with Him. Sometimes when people are going to have babies, they are not happy about it. They are not happy about the miracle of life within them.They think that their way is better than God’s way and because they are not happy they decide to end the baby’s life – we call it abortion.
They need to realize that it is God who made us and not we ourselves, (Psalm 100:3), that He is the maker of all things, that He is the master potter. He fashioned us and formed us in our mother’s womb and He has a perfect plan for all who yield to Him.
God rested on the seventh day. He saw everything He had made and said that it was good.
The seventh day was the day the Jews worshiped. We worship on Sunday or the first day!
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. Hebrews 11:3
Now back to Adam and Eve. God had a perfect plan for them right from the beginning. God made a garden home for the man and woman. It was called the Garden of Eden. He told them they could eat fruit from all the trees in the garden except the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
The serpent lied to Eve and she ate of the fruit. She gave some to Adam and he also ate of it. Adam and Eve were not obedient to God.
As a result they had to leave their beautiful home. They sinned against God and broke that fellowship with Him. God said because of their sin, they would die, be forever separated from Him. They also had to leave their beautiful home and work hard and had many troubles. It is always best to listen to God and do as He says.
All this happened many many years ago. On the sixth day, God Created or made man. He made man so we could fellowship, honor, and serve Him. Life is special to God – so special that He wanted us to fellowship with Him.
Unfortunately, we chose to go our own way and not God’s way. God told Adam if he chose to disobey that would result in death or being separated from God forever.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
But God in His mercy loved us so much that He sent His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, to be the Savior of the world.
This is another miracle of life, in fact, it is the greatest miracle of life that we read of in the Bible. This is the real reason that we celebrate Christmas. Life truly is a miracle. God’s son Jesus was a miracle for He was the sinless son of God born of a virgin. This is how that story goes:
2. The Miracle of the Birth of Jesus, the Son of God
Matthew 1 and 2 & Luke 2.
Mary, who was a young virgin, woman loved God with all her heart, and lived in the town of Nazareth. She was soon to marry a carpenter named Joseph. She was visited one day by an angel named Gabriel who told her that she would have a son and that she should name him Jesus. He said the Holy Spirit would be with her and the child would be the Son of God.
Mary and Joseph were married. Then one day they had to travel to Bethlehem to pay their taxes. It was a long journey. When they arrived in Bethlehem, there was no place for them at the inn. They spent the night in the stable. That night the baby was born. They named him Jesus, just as the angel had said. Jesus means Savior. He would be the Savior of the world. Another name for Jesus is Emmanuel which means God with us.
An angel appeared to shepherds who were in the nearby fields and a great light shone
When Jesus was twelve years old, Mary and Joseph took him with them to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. On the way home there was such a crowd, they did not know Jesus wasn’t with them. When they went back they found him in the Temple talking to the teachers and the doctors of the law. He told them, “Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?” He meant God’s business, for God was His father. He was fulfilling God’s perfect plan for him. He went back to Nazareth and was obedient to his parents. Jesus grew in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and men.
3. The Miracle of the Resurrection
Jesus, God’s sinless Son was born to die for the sins of all mankind. That includes you and me. But God performed another miracle of life because once Jesus shed His blood on the cross and died;
1Co 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1Co 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
No man could hold him in that grave.
On the third day He rose again! A man named Joseph from Arimathea went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Joseph, a rich man, was a disciple of Jesus. He took the body of Jesus down from the cross. He wrapped it in a linen cloth and put it in his own new tomb, or burying place. Pilate, the ruler, put guards at the tomb because some men were afraid Jesus’ disciples would steal his body from the grave and then say that he had been raised from the dead. Early Sunday morning some women went to the tomb. They brought some spices that they had prepared to put on the body of Jesus. There was a great earthquake, and an angel came and rolled back the stone from in front of the tomb. Then the angel sat on the big stone. The angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid, Jesus is not here. He has risen, as he said he would. Come and see where he lay.”
The angel told them to tell this to the disciples. As they were leaving, Jesus met them. He said, “Tell my brothers to go to Galilee and there they will see me.” They did see him and he ate with them. Two men were going to the village of Emmaus. Jesus started walking along with them and talking to them. Later when they were ready to eat, Jesus gave thanks and broke the bread. Instantly they recognized him. They went to find the Eleven to tell them what had happened. How happy they were! Jesus was alive again!
Some people do not believe that Jesus rose from the dead. Some say he didn’t die at all. Don’t believe them! Many witnesses saw Him after He died and after He rose from the dead. We have their accounts in the gospels. Don’t you think if his body had remained in the tomb his enemies would have told everyone about it?
The truth is, His body was not still in the tomb. He was raised from the dead, and because of this, we can have life eternal. The Bible says:
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
Think of it! We can have a happy life here if we have trusted Christ as our Savior and an even happier one when this life is over.
Matthew 28:6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
4. The Miracle of a Second Birth, Being Born Again.
Isaiah 45:22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
Then Jesus told Nicodemus the beautiful words,
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Jesus came to save the people of the world, not to condemn them.
5. The Miracle of Life Everlasting.
Now, just to Summarize, here are the five miracles discussed above.
- Creation: God is the author of life. He created you and me in the likeness of God.
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
- The birth of Jesus: God Himself came to earth in the form of man as the Son of God. Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
- The resurrection: He died for our sins, and rose again and is alive forevermore. He will forgive any sin whether it is abortion or stealing, or lying, or anything else. Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
- The New Birth: We can be born again, that is born into the family of God by putting our trust in Jesus and what He did for us on the cross. John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
- Everlasting life: We are promised a home in heaven if we’ve turned from our sin and put our trust in Jesus. We can celebrate that miracle of life forever! John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
YES, LIFE TRULY IS A MIRACLE!