What do we need to do to get our miracle? The bible tells us that Jesus went around preaching saying ‘ the kingdom of heaven is at hand, repent therefore, and believe the gospel’
Sometimes we in the West can miss out on the blessings in scripture because we presume that we understand what a verse is saying, so do not look more into it. This is one of the scriptures in which this happens, but when we look into what Jesus was saying to the Jewish people and what they understood by what he was saying, something amazing begins to unfold.
‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand’ their is two parts to this verse.
‘The Kingdom of Heaven’ When we in the West see this we tend to think about the place we will go to when we die, but this was not the people of Israel’s understanding. What they understood when Jesus said this was a reference to what happened when some of the great prophets in the bible like Moses or Elijah were able to bring the miracle power of heaven down to earth. The Jews hearing Jesus all knew about these men, being brought up from childhood being told the stories of how they were friends of God and how they could do the miracles mentioned in scripture.
‘Is at hand’ This refers to something that any carpenter or skilled tradesman would understand. It means that the worker has set up their workstation so that each tool can be quickly accessed because they have been positioned within easy reach of the workstation. The tradesman does not have to waste time looking for various tools as they are all within his reach.
So for the first part of the verse, Jesus is saying that the miracle power that the Jewish people thought was only available to these great prophets could be accessed by everyone! This must have been a remarkable statement for the people listening to Jesus and still is!
‘Repent therefore and believe the Gospel’ the word that leaps out at me is ‘Therefore‘, because this ’therefore’ links the promise, to what we need to do to access it. Jesus it telling the people listening: your healing, your breakthrough, your deliverance, it’s all within reach and this is what you need to do to access it.
‘Repent therefore and believe the Gospel’ To repent we need to change the way we think, ‘Gospel is the ‘good news’ that Jesus has come to save us from our sins and make us whole.
‘Believe’ I think it’s the ‘Believe’ that trips us up, but should it? Why can’t we make the decision that whatever we may think of ourselves or whatever our faults, we can believe that through Christ Jesus and his promise in this verse, the power of heaven is at our disposal?
Maybe we will need to pray to our Lord that He will teach us more about this, or show us what is hindering us laying hold of this blessing, but I am fully convinced that if Jesus says that ‘the kingdom of heaven is at hand’, it must be within reach for all of us.
What an amazing thought.