Signs and Wonders

How many of you remember the Miracle on Ice in 1980 when the US men’s Olympic hockey team beat the four-time gold medalist Russians at the Lake Placid Winter games? In the final seconds of the game Al Michaels for ABC declared: “Do you believe in miracles?! How about the Miracle on the Hudson when Captain Sullenberger landed US Airways flight 1549 on the Hudson River in January 2009. Maybe you have watched the 1947 movie classic about a Macy’s Santa Claus, Miracle of 34th Street. We use the word miracle pretty loosely and broadly. Finding a parking place close to the door at Costco is no small miracle. How often do we call the birth of a baby a miracle, or being spared from a tragic accident? As we come to our text for this morning we come to miracles of a very different kind than we encountered last week in the sudden deaths of Ananias and Sapphira. These sign and wonders are more in keeping with the kind Jesus did in the Gospels