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Two Kinds of Miracles
by Terry Barlow
08/30/12
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I am sometimes amused to think that Jesus had to perform a miracle in the healing of the servant's ear to clean up a bloody mess that a disciple had made. The servant was in the party that came to arrest Jesus in the garden. (Luke 22 verses 49-52) His followers asked if they should resort to violence to defend themselves and Jesus, but one did not wait for his answer which Jesus went on to give anyway as he restored the ear that had been sliced off in desperation. Maybe the impetuous disciple did what he secretly wanted to do anyway and that is why he did not wait. He got it half right as we often do, the asking part minus the waiting. He impulsively removed half of the person's literal ability to hear Jesus. May I also do the same to others figuratively by my behavior in more cases than I care to count? Forgive us for any ways we multiply negative associations concerning Christ and Christianity. Teach us to avoid doing that! "And they went throughout the world as Jesus performed mighty miracles in their midst." Sounds good and exciting, and even dramatic; but I wonder how many miracles of the cleaning-up-our-messes variety Jesus must do daily. Hey, we didn't even need a miracle till you guys came bungling along! We might answer, a miracle is a miracle no matter what! Not exactly. May we necessitate fewer and fewer of those cover-up miracles and make way for him to do more and more of the majestic kind he has in mind in the first place, the kind we sometimes prevent ourselves from experiencing through our impatience.

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