What a beautiful reading today from Isaiah 65. We get a glimpse of what things will be like in the days to come. “There will always be rejoicing and happiness in what I create.” The New Jerusalem. It’s where we’re headed! In our Gospel reading today from John 4, we see Jesus perform a “long distance miracle.” (Where’s Kasey Kasem when you need him?)
A man comes and asks Jesus to go to his home and heal his son, who was near death. Jesus kind of tries to discourage the man, saying, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” But the royal offical persists, asking again. And Jesus tells him to go, that his son will live. Of course, the man finds out his son got better, and at the exact moment that Jesus said he would live. Jesus was many miles away, yet the boy was healed.
Ah, signs and wonders. We like those, don’t we? We like things done big, flashy. Hey, Jesus! How about some thunder and lightning? Or maybe some fireworks? Show me what you got, so I can believe! Thankfully, Jesus has never been in the “show business.” I don’t think he’s real big on flash and glitz. But he is in the miracle business. Yes, even today. So no matter where you are, Jesus can handle that miracle. Because even when we’re far away, Jesus is always near by.
Father, we thank you for the miracles that Jesus performs in our lives each and every day. Open our eyes that we may see our long distance miracles today. Amen.