And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind
and unplug the ears of the deaf.
The lame will leap like a deer,
and those who cannot speak will sing for joy!
Springs will gush forth in the wilderness,
and streams will water the wasteland.”

Isaiah 35:5-6

 

Have you ever seen a miracle? That word is thrown around so loosely in our culture that sometimes I wonder if we even know what a true miracle is. When our favorite sports team wins as an underdog, we say it is a miracle. When our teens keep their rooms clean, we say it is a miracle. When something unexpected becomes reality, we are quick to use the word miracle. But a miracle is not merely the unlikely happening, it is when the impossible becomes real.

I have been witness to a couple of miracles in my lifetime, always to the credit of God. But in Jesus’ life, miracles were commonplace. Miracles were a defining characteristic of his existence. When he healed the blind as Isaiah prophesied, he was dealing with people who had never seen at all and he opened their eyes. A little spit and a little dirt to make mud that brought about sight is not just unconventional, it is impossible. But that is the hope of the Messiah foretold by Isaiah. When he made the deaf to hear and the lame to walk and the dead to come back to life, Jesus was not just doing cool tricks, he was proving that he was indeed the Messiah, the Savior of the world.

I love what Isaiah tells us about Him bringing springs from the wilderness and streams from the wasteland. Think about that. Where there is death and despair and hopelessness, Jesus brings life and hope and joy! That is the Messiah that calls out to you and me to “follow Him!” That is the Jesus that beckons you to intimacy with Him! In our lives, He does not want us to simply live an unlikely happiness in a glum world, He calls us to life and hope in Him in the midst of hopelessness and fear in the world all around us.