Have you ever seen the movie The Ten Commandments in which Charlton Heston starred as Moses and how he led the people across the Red Sea? The Red Sea was opened up, and the people went through safely on dry ground, but then they came back together again and destroyed the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. Do you believe it? Do you believe the miracles of the Bible? You can believe in them!

ROBERT >> Have you ever seen the movie The Ten Commandments in which Charlton Heston starred as Moses and how he led the people across the Red Sea? The Red Sea was opened up, and the people went through safely on dry ground, but then they came back together again and destroyed the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. Do you believe it? Do you believe the miracles of the Bible? Stay tuned. We’ll be back in just a moment.

SINGING>> Speaking the truth, speaking the truth,
speaking the truth, speaking the truth in love.

ROBERT >> I heard a story once about a little boy who came home from Bible school. And his parents asked him what he had learned, and he began to tell them how that Moses led Israel out of Egypt, and when they came to the Red Sea and were being chased by the Egyptians, that Moses called in to headquarters. He called for tanks to hold off the Egyptians. And then they walked across the great bridge over the Red Sea to the other side. And then as the Egyptians began to go over the bridge after them, Moses once again called in to headquarters, and this time for bombers to come and to destroy the bridge. And so the bombers came and blew up the bridge, and all the Egyptians were destroyed.

Well, the parents of this little boy asked him, Is that what you learned in Bible school?

And he said, Well, no. But if I told you what really happened, you’d never believe it.

I wonder if sometimes we’re not like that about the miracles of the Bible. And I know there are many skeptics, there are many out there that would criticize the Bible and say that it’s full of myth and legend and that these things didn’t ever really happen. But let me say to you that if there’s a God, and there is, and the Bible is the word of God, and it is, then there’s nothing incredible about having miracles in the Bible.

In fact, would we not expect for the Bible, a book about God, a book from God, to be full, chock full of miracles?

Because that’s the kind of God that we serve, and that’s the kind of power that he has. In fact, there are so many things that God does every day that we just take for granted and never think about because we really don’t notice anything different.

The Bible tells us that he is upholding all things by the word of his power according to Hebrews 1:3.

This universe could not stay intact were it not for the tremendous power of our God. And we know as Christians the special providence that God has towards us, working out all things for good, as the Bible says in Romans 8:28.

Hearing and answering our prayers, like we read of in 1 John 5:14-15. In fact, Paul said in Acts the 17th chapter, “In him we live and move and have our very being.”

We could not take one breath were it not for the one who gives like and breath to all things. He sends us rain and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with good food and gladness, according to Acts the 14th chapter.

“He makes the sun to rise on the good and the evil, and sends the rain on the just and the unjust” according to Matthew 5:45.

All of these things God does. He’s working all of these incredible miracles all around us. But it should not be incredible for us to think that the Bible would tell us about these things, that the Bible would tell us that God at times actually set aside the normal laws of nature and interfered with those and did extraordinary things, miracles like the opening of the Red Sea, like, for example, stopping the sun so that it stood still for about a whole day, or enabling the prophets of the Bible to heal the sick and to raise the dead, or Jesus to walk upon the water. No, there’s nothing incredible about the fact that we have these many miracles in the Bible. The miracles of the Bible really did happen. And they can never be successfully explained away.

I heard another story about a boy who was sitting on a park bench one day, and he was reading from his Bible. And he began to glorify God because of his greatness and because of his power. And along comes a college student. He had been enlightened about the Bible, he thought, and he wanted to enlighten this little boy. And so he asked him, What is it that you’re praising God for today?

And he said, Well, I was just reading here how that he led the whole Israelite army through the Red Sea, how he parted the way so they could walk through. And the man chuckled a little bit, and he said to the boy, Don’t you know that modern scholarship has discovered that the Red Sea was only about 10 inches deep at that time?

Well, the little boy looked down at his Bible a little confused, and he continued to read while the skeptic walked away. But he’d only taken about two steps when the little boy once again began to praise God and to glorify God.

And so the college student turned around, and he asked him, he said, What is it now? And the little boy said, Well, God is greater than I thought. Not only did he part the Red Sea and lead the nation of Israel through the waters, but he drowned the whole Egyptian army in just 10 inches of water.

Well, the Bible cannot be explained away. But so many times still today, there are those who want to try to say that the miracles of the Bible never really happened. I was listening on the radio a number of years ago, just flipping through the channels. And it was about Easter time, and the preacher on the radio was talking about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, a very popular denominational preacher in our area here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. And he was saying that Jesus didn’t actually, literally, bodily come up out of the ground, that this story of the resurrection was just that, just a story, that it was just figurative of the eternal hope that we have through Jesus Christ.

But I thought, how can we have any hope if God has no power, if God can truly not raise the dead, if Jesus Christ is dead and no longer alive?

Paul said in 1 Corinthians chapter 15 that “if Christ be not risen, we’re of all men most pitiable.”

Indeed, we have no hope without the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In fact, if there’s no creation as the Bible tells us in the beginning, then there is no creator. If the Bible is full of lies about miracles that really never happened, then we can’t trust the Bible about anything. If Jesus Christ did not leave the glories of heaven and come into the flesh, become one of us, born of a virgin, begotten by the power of the Holy Spirit, if he was not that man approved of God by signs and miracles and wonders to be the very Son of God, if he did not die and was buried and raised again the third day to ascend into heaven to sit at God’s right hand to pour out the power of his Holy Spirit to send us the gospel, then we have no savior.

No, there’s nothing incredible about miracles in the Bible. It’s what we would expect. And they can never successfully be explained away. But let me say to you also this morning that they could never successfully be questioned.

I mean, can we believe Isaiah?

Can we believe Jeremiah and the prophets of old?

Those things that they did, those tremendous miracles that they performed, did they really happen?

Can we really believe it?

Let me tell you, Jesus believed it.

Look what he says in Matthew 12:40. Do you remember that story of Jonah? A whole book in the Old Testament is dedicated to telling us about this great prophet and what happened to him. And you remember the story, how that he was thrown into the sea and he was swallowed by a great fish. And after a while then, that fish spit him back out on land alive. Jesus makes reference to that in Matthew chapter 12. He doesn’t say it was just a fable, just a legend or just an allegory or a myth; no, Jesus says that it really happened.

In Matthew 12:40 we read, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

Yes, just as surely as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the fish, so Jesus Christ was three days, three nights in the earth, in the heart of the earth. If we cannot believe Jonah and the story about the great fish, we cannot believe the story about Jesus Christ and his resurrection the third day. But the fact is that these things really did happen. Jesus believed it. Peter believed it.

Look in 2 Peter 3:6-7. Here, Peter makes reference to one of the great miracles of the Old Testament, and that’s Noah’s flood. In 2 Peter chapter 3, notice what it says in verse 6 and 7. “By which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”

Just as surely as God destroyed that old world full of wickedness by the great flood of Noah’s day, so God will once again step into our universe; and this time at the end he will destroy it with fire.

Now, there are other New Testament references to Old Testament miracles, but these are enough to help us to see that the New Testament writers, including Jesus himself, he believed in the miracles of the Old Testament. And the New Testament also contains the record of many miracles. They’re not just stories about men that grew into legendary heroes. These were things that were documented in the very generation in which they happened. The things that Jesus performed, the many miracles that he did, the things that the apostles in the early church performed by the miraculous power of the Holy Spirit, all of this was documented the very time in which they happened.

They were not some kind of folklore that kind of grew up over the years or were passed down from generation to generation; no, not at all. In fact, do you realize that about half of the New Testament was written by Luke?

And you remember that Luke was a physician. He was a doctor. He was one of scientific mind. He was an intelligent one. And we would not expect such a one to be so gullible, to be so easily deceived. And we see here Luke in his gospel account speaks of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. I don’t know if Luke ever delivered a child, but he certainly knew about birth and how that all worked. And yet he was one who came to believe and write about the certainty of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ and the many other miracles that Jesus performed while he was upon this earth.

And the apostle Paul, the apostle Paul wrote perhaps most of the rest of the New Testament. But all of the New Testament writers were reasonable men, men of integrity, men of sincerity, men of sound mind. And so we see when you think about what Luke wrote, you think about what Paul wrote, or read the book of Romans or the book of Hebrews, and I see the logical, brilliant mind that he had, all of these New Testament writers, there’s no reason to question their documentation of these miraculous events. None of them received any remuneration for their books. In fact, many of them were persecuted, and some persecuted to death because of the things that they wrote. No, the Bible miracles cannot be successfully questioned or explained away, and they certainly cannot be successfully refuted.

Perhaps the most convincing proof of the miracles of the Bible, that they really did happen, is the fact that they’ve never been able to refute or to deny these miracles. Even the enemies of Jesus, even the enemies of the apostles and the early church could not deny and could not refute the miracles that you read about in the Bible.

Look for example in Matthew the 12th chapter. In Matthew chapter 12 we read about one who was demon possessed, he was blind, he was mute, and yet Jesus healed him. And I want you to notice here in Matthew 12:23 how that “all the multitudes were amazed, and they said, Could this be the Son of David?”

But verse 24 says, “Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”

Now, the Pharisees were the enemy of Jesus, and they were carefully watching him and watching over him to see if they could find something to accuse him of. And here they see a miracle performed, and they could not deny that a miracle had taken place, that demons had been cast out of this man. All they could do is say it was by the wrong power, it was by Beelzebub and not by God. But it was clear even to the enemies that a miracle had been performed.

Look at it again in Acts the 3rd chapter, in Acts chapter 3 and Acts chapter 4, where Peter and John go to the temple. And there they find a man who had been lame, he’d been sitting there at the temple for years. Everybody knew who he was, and they had been helping him. But now Peter and John give him something that no one else was able, and that was the healing of his lameness so he could get up and he could begin to go around the temple and show the people that though he was once crippled, now he was able to walk. And they did this immediately, and they healed him completely. And I want you to notice what it says in chapter 4 when the enemies of Jesus wanted to stop the preaching of the gospel and wanted to stop Peter and John. They wanted to deny that a miracle had been performed, but they could not.

Read with me what happened when they arrested Peter and John and what they were thinking about. In Acts the 4th chapter, notice what it says in verse 16. Saying, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.”

Everybody knew a miracle had been done. There was no way to explain away what they had done, and they could not deny it. When Peter earlier in Acts the 2nd chapter preached about the resurrected Christ, the one they had crucified there was now alive and he was well, the people did not all receive it. They did not all accept that word; but no one could deny it because, you see, the tomb of Jesus was still empty, and no one could produce the dead body of Jesus Christ.

You cannot successfully refute the miracles of the Bible. And let me say also that the miracles of the Bible cannot be successfully duplicated by so-called miracle workers today. They are impostors.

In fact, when you place the true miracles of God beside the false miracles that the impostors are claiming today, the true miracles of God are always authenticated. The miracles of the Bible are always authenticated. Let’s notice this in Acts the 8th chapter.

In Acts chapter 8 we read about Simon the sorcerer. Simon the sorcerer, who had done many great things to amaze the people with his magic, with his deceptions, with his tricks, and they said that he was some great one of God. And yet when Philip, God’s preacher who had the power of the Holy Spirit, came into town, and the people saw what Philip could do, they realized the fraud that Simon was. And they believed, and they were baptized in obedience to the gospel.

And what’s interesting is that not only they, but Simon himself believed and was baptized. He became a Christian because he knew the difference between what he was doing to amaze the people, those false tricks, he knew the difference between that and the true miracle power of God.

You see, there are no limits with God’s power.

Do you remember when Moses went down to Egypt, and he was going to convince Pharaoh to let the people go?

He could perform great miracles, sent great plagues upon the people of Egypt. And the magicians of Egypt were able to duplicate those miracles to a certain extent, at least the first two; but by the time the third plague came around, they finally gave up because they realized they did not have the power that Moses had been given from God. When you read about the miracle working of Jesus and the apostles and the early church and even the prophets of the Old Testament, these were not things done in a corner. They went out publicly. They went out into the streets. They did this over a long period of time. They did not have some dark seance in a corner in a preselected place, or they didn’t bring somebody to the tent that they had erected and stirred them all up into a big frenzy.

No, Jesus was out in the street, and he was coming to the people and healing them right where they were, and he was going into their homes, and they were all healed immediately and they were all healed completely and they were healed of all kinds of diseases and sicknesses.

In fact, let me read this passage from Acts the 5th chapter when they were bringing their sick to the apostles in Jerusalem at the temple. In verse 12 it says, “And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people.”

And furthermore, notice what it says in verse 16 of Acts 5. Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits; and they were all healed. They were all healed.

They didn’t just heal those who might have had some neurotic problem that caused all kinds of physical problems for them; but these were organic issues.

Do you remember when Jesus took Malchus’ ear?

Peter had cut it off with a sword, and he put it back on his ear. You’re not going to see that kind of thing happen in the meetings of the impostors that are gathered today, because they don’t have the power that Jesus and his apostles had, the true miracle-working power of God.

In fact, a number of years ago, there was a great tent meeting in the Fort Worth area. A big storm came up, blew the tent down, and somebody broke a leg. What did they do?

They called for an ambulance, because the preacher said, We don’t do broken bones. Jesus and his apostles, the prophets of old, they never failed and said, Well, it’s just because you didn’t have enough faith. And I’ll tell you something else they never did. They never asked for money. No, these were those that came in compassion to help people and to bring them to faith so that their souls might be saved.

And something else. Jesus and the others, as we mentioned before, their miracles could not be explained away, they could not be questioned, they could never be refuted, they were never exposed. But that’s not true of many of the frauds and impostors today. Over a long period of time, after a while you can finally see the tricks and the deceptions that they are using. There was a TV expose a number of years ago that showed some of the popular so-called faith healers of our day and the tricks that they use, giving people wheelchairs when they came into the building, and then taking them away from them as though they had been crippled and were unable to walk until they laid their hands on them; using hearing devices to relay information, as though they knew things about these people that only God could have known.

Back in the 1980’s, the churches of Christ put forth an article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram offering a $1,000 reward for anyone who could prove that a healing had actually taken place by miracle. All they needed was the signature of two reputable doctors. No one has ever yet taken us up on that thousand dollars.

Folks, the inspiration of the Bible is confirmed by its miracles. There is an everlasting, all-powerful, divine being who brought this world into existence. And he’s revealed himself to us through the miracles of the Bible. He’s revealed his will for us through this inspired text. Believe it and obey it, and you can be saved. I hope that you’ll let us know here at The Truth In Love how we can help you towards heaven today.

SINGING>> Years I spent in vanity and pride, caring not my Lord was crucified,
knowing not it was for me he died on Calvary.
Mercy there was great and grace was free,
pardon there was multiplied to me,
there my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary.
Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan.
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man.
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary.
Mercy there was great and grace was free,
pardon there was multiplied to me,
there my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary.

SINGING>> All hail the power of Jesus’ name,
let angels prostrate fall.
Bring forth the royal diadem and crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem and crown him Lord of all.
Oh that with yonder sacred throng we at his feet may fall.
We’ll join the everlasting song and crown him Lord of all.
We’ll join the everlasting song and crown him Lord of all.

ROBERT >> I want to thank you for watching our program today, and we’d like to hear from you if you have any questions, comments, or requests, if you’d like a personal home Bible study or special prayers, if you’d like to order today’s lesson or any other lesson on CD, DVD, or in manuscript form, let me encourage you to write The Truth In Love at P.O. Box 865, Hurst, Texas 76053.

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SINGING>> Sing to me of heaven, sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so,
showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.
Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream
of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall,
sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.
Sing to me of heaven tenderly and low
till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary, when the day is long,
sing to me of heaven, sing that old, sweet song.
Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream
of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall,
sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.

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