by Arch Hoercher
I was reflecting on miracles the other day. I started to wonder, which of all God’s miracles is the greatest. I then started to list them. Not that any one of God’s miracles is not awesome, but some stick out to me as being really great. I am talking about those that are beyond anyone’s imagination. He has created the universe, life, restored sight to the blind and raised the dead to life. All of which are pretty impressive.
Let’s first look at the creation of the universe. God spoke the universe into existence from nothing. The universe operates under the laws of physics that are beyond anyone’s comprehension. These “laws of physics” were determined by God before the universe was even spoken into existence. God maintains the order of the universe with a thought. Did you know that if you decided to stay in bed for an entire 24 hour period and not go anywhere, that you actually traveled 1,599,793 miles through space. That is an average velocity of 67,108 miles per hour. That is not just faster than a speeding bullet, but 87 times faster than the speed of sound. My God is an awesome God.
Now we will look at the miracle of human life. God created life in all of its complexity. Let’s look at your personal genome sequence (DNA). If your genome sequence was written out longhand, it would be equivalent to a 3 billion word book – equivalent to nearly 4,000 Bibles. If it were converted to an audio book and read at a rate of one double helix per second, it would take nearly a century to put you into words. That is simply remarkable. My God is an awesome God.
The miracle that I believe is the greatest of all is what we celebrate on Christmas day. The birth of Jesus Christ, the incarnation! Why do I believe this? Wow! I have so many reasons, but the main one is that God became man. He was 100% human and at the same time 100% God. Isaiah 7:14 (NIV), “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Immanuel means “God with us”. The most high of heaven came down to this earth as the lowest, and not just as a human but as an infant (helpless and dependent). God who is ageless became a human who will age. God who has experienced no pain will know pain. God who has not experienced death will know death. God who is outside time and space will now be locked in time and space. God who has infinite power and unsurpassed glory has become a human and came as an infant who has no power and has given up His glory to become the sacrificial lamb for all mankind. An angel told Joseph (the earthly adoptive father of Jesus) in Matthew 1:21 (NIV): “She will give birth to a son and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” John the Baptist said in John 1:29 (NIV): “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’” This was the purpose for God being “with us”, to take away the sin of man so that there could again be a relationship with God.
In the Old Testament, when God made an appearance it was as a cloud or as a pillar of fire or as a burning bush. In all cases God was feared and if one got too close they would be destroyed. The Arc of the Covenant containing the original stone tablets of the Ten Commandments could not be touched by anyone outside the Levite priesthood without being destroyed and that only represented the presence of God, not Him in person. But with the birth of Jesus, something really big had changed. God can now be seen up close, and not only could God be seen but He could be touched. How miraculous is that! In the song written by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene, “Mary, did you know” one line of the lyrics reads – “When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?!”. How remarkable and awesome is that! Another line reads, “This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.” And even more, “Mary, did you know – That your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation? – Mary, did you know – That your Baby Boy would one day rule the nations? – Did you know – That your Baby Boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb? – The sleeping Child you’re holding is the Great, I Am!” The writers of this song hit the nail squarely on its head. This little baby is God almighty who has come to save and restore mankind to Himself.
Isaiah 9:6 (NIV): “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Might God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” “To us a son is given”, the son was a gift, freely given, because God loves us so much that He would lower Himself to become human and endure the pain and shame of the cross that we might live eternally with Him. He can be our counselor because He went through it all as a man living among us. We might say to God, I am in all this pain but you really do not understand what I am going through. But He does, He has experienced pain and sorrow and knows exactly what you are going through, because He has been there.
So why do I think that God becoming man is the greatest of His miracles? Because if He had not, all the other miracles would be meaningless. If God had not become man, we would not have had a means by which our personal relationship with God could have been restored. We would all be dead in our sins with no way out. Jesus Christ is the Way and the Truth and the Light. When He came to this earth as a man, he showed us the Way by displaying His Light and speaking to us in Truth. My God is an awesome God.