THE MIRACLES OF OUR LORD
THE MIRACLES OF OUR LORD

THE MIRACLES OF OUR LORD

by George Mac Donald

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CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTION
II. THE BEGINNING OF MIRACLES
III. THE CURE OF SIMON'S WIFE'S MOTHER
IV. MIRACLES OF HEALING UNSOLICITED
V. MIRACLES OF HEALING SOLICITED BY THE SUFFERS
VI. MIRACLES GRANTED TO THE PRAYER OF FRIENDS
VII. THE CASTING OUT OF DEVILS
VIII. THE RAISING OF THE DEAD
IX. THE GOVERNMENT OF NATURE
X. MIRACLES OF DESTRUCTION




I. INTRODUCTION.


I have been requested to write some papers on our Lord's miracles. I
venture the attempt in the belief that, seeing they are one of the modes
in which his unseen life found expression, we are bound through them to
arrive at some knowledge of that life. For he has come, The Word of God,
that we may know God: every word of his then, as needful to the knowing
of himself, is needful to the knowing of God, and we must understand,
as far as we may, every one of his words and every one of his actions,
which, with him, were only another form of word. I believe this the
immediate end of our creation. And I believe that this will at length
result in the unravelling for us of what must now, more or less, appear
to every man the knotted and twisted coil of the universe.

It seems to me that it needs no great power of faith to believe in the
miracles--for true faith is a power, not a mere yielding. There are far
harder things to believe than the miracles. For a man is not required to
believe in them save as believing in Jesus. If a man can believe that
there is a God, he may well believe that, having made creatures capable
of hungering and thirsting for him, he must be capable of speaking a
word to guide them in their feeling after him. And if he is a grand
God, a God worthy of being God, yea (his metaphysics even may show the
seeker), if he is a God capable of being God, he will speak the clearest
grandest word of guidance which he can utter intelligible to his
creatures. For us, that word must simply be the gathering of all the
expressions of his visible works into an infinite human face, lighted up
by an infinite human soul behind it, namely, that potential essence of
man, if I may use a word of my own, which was in the beginning with God.
If God should _thus_ hear the cry of the noblest of his creatures, for
such are all they who do cry after him, and in very deed show them his
face, it is but natural to expect that the deeds of the great messenger
should be just the works of the Father done in little. If he came to
reveal his Father in miniature, as it were (for in these unspeakable
things we can but use figures, and the homeliest may be the holiest), to
tone down his great voice, which, too loud for men to hear it aright,
could but sound to them as an inarticulate thundering, into such a still
small voice as might enter their human ears in welcome human speech,
then the works that his Father does so widely, so grandly that they
transcend the vision of men, the Son must do briefly and sharply before
their very eyes.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015942033
Publisher: SAP
Publication date: 11/07/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
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