What of Miracles?
A Sermon on John 5:36
But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me. (ESV)
Who was Jesus of Nazareth? This question, according to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, is the central question of Christianity. The answer to this question becomes the filter for all other questions that surround Jesus. One such question is: “What do we make of his miracles?” As Dr. Lloyd-Jones continues his series in John 5:36, he is now in the midst of the testimonies concerning Jesus. Yes, according to the Old Testament, Jesus’ testimony alone was not enough to verify his claims to his identity. Knowing this, Jesus offers multiple testimonies to his identity as being fully God, the Son of God. One such testimony is that of his works. What does Jesus refer to by claiming that his works testify of him? Certainly the entire corpus of his work is in view, but in the context of John 5 and the healing he performed at the Pool of Bethesda, the works that he refers to were his miracles. When John the Baptist questioned Jesus’ identity, Jesus answered him by pointing to his miracles. The miracles testify of his divine nature. But, his miracles have been and continue to be a stumbling block to belief in him. Do you believe in his miracles and have they pointed you to belief in the Savior?