Friday, May 8, 2015

The Miracle of the Empty Tomb

Hosea 6:6
I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.
Hosea 6:6

Romans 1:16 (NIV)
I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
Romans 1:16 (NIV)

Matthew 12:38-40
One day some teachers of religious law and Pharisees came to Jesus and said, "Teacher, we want you to show us a miraculous sign to prove your authority." But Jesus replied, "Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign; but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights."

These religious leaders wanted Jesus to prove that he was the Messiah by performing a miracle for them. Jesus knew that even if he did it still wouldn't convince them. In fact they had already witnessed him perform many miracles. They wanted him to show them a special miracle that would convince them.

There was no miracle that would do that because their hearts were hard. That was shown when they said that Jesus cast out demons by the power of satan. They refused to see that the Holy Spirit was empowering Jesus and so blasphemed the Holy Spirit by denying his power. 

Jesus knew that the only miracle that could save anyone is the miracle of his resurrection.

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