Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Naturally Supernatural

As we start our new series, “Naturally Supernatural”, one of the first thoughts that pop into our heads is healings, miracles, out of the ordinary events. Those are supernatural, but you might be surprised that the greatest supernatural manifestation in the Kingdom of God is the supernatural miracle of SALVATION! Yes that’s right, salvation. The Greek word is soteria which means: deliverance, preservation, soundness, prosperity, happiness, rescue, general well-being.

The Bible says in Luke 19:9-10 “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost”. The word “today” which is also used in verse 5 of Luke 9 is suggestive of the present reality of salvation present in Jesus. Here in this text an acceptance of a hated chief tax collector expresses the presence of the Kingdom's supernatural power even more so than other acts of healing or exorcism! In this case, for example, Zacchaeus goes far beyond the laws of just restitution, giving us clear evidence of a changed heart. Just think, a changed heart. A changed heart is at the center of salvation.

In verse 10, Jesus announces the very purpose of His mission here on earth and it went against all expectations of the people. For the Son of Man has come to SEEK AND TO SAVE THAT WHICH WAS LOST!

I think the same holds true for us as Christians when we think of the supernatural; our expectations are opposite of that which Jesus' example truly shows us. Salvation is a supernatural present possession with a fuller supernatural realization in the future. “But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breast-plate of faith and love and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess 5:8-9).

So let us embrace this supernatural manifestation of salvation living out naturally in our every day lives. Everyday I wake up and pinch myself and ask “Lord is this real or am I dreaming?” and He answers by leading through another supernatural day!