Acts 2:22 (ESV)
22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— “
There it is again. The word: mighty.
It first popped up in the Book of Acts in reference to the coming of the Holy Spirt: ‘a mighty rushing wind’. (Ac 2:2)
Then in reference to the Holy Spirit testifying about God the Father: ‘the mighty works of God’. (Ac 2:11)
And now in reference to Jesus of Nazareth: the ‘mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him’. (Ac 2:22)
Turning water into wine. Healing the sick. Feeding the thousands. Calming raging storms. Raising the dead to life.
Yep. All of them seem mighty to me.
Interestingly they are all linked to God. They are divine works. And their purpose is to glorify God.
Although they all pale in comparison with Jesus Himself rising from the dead.
Now that’s mighty.
prayer : thank you for your mighty works and wonders and signs that point us to your divinity
action : ‘Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!’ (Ps 96:1-2)
Acts 2:1-4 (ESV)
1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
The coming of the Holy Spirit on this occasion was unlike anything before. Yet it has distinct similarities with the Creation account in the Book of Genesis.
There, the ‘Spirit of God’ (Gen 1:2) can also be translated as His breath; His very life-giving force.
How great it is that God breathes life into us.
For not only did He create us as we were ‘wonderfully made’ in our ‘mother’s womb’. (Ps 139:13-14)
But better still, when we ‘repent’ and are ‘baptized’, we are promised the ‘gift of the Holy Spirit’. (Ac 2:38)
Thus we are ‘a new creation’. (2Cor 5:17)
We ‘walk in newness of life’. (Rom 6:3)
We have the promise of ‘eternal life’. (Jn 10:28)
prayer : thank you for the gift of life – physical & spiritual
action : ‘present [myself] to God as [one] who [has] been brought from death to life, and [my] members to God as instruments for righteousness’ (Rom 6:13)