THE MIRACLES

The Miracle Window portrays the power and the majesty of our Lord as revealed in His mighty works. “Jesus of Nazareth was a Man approved by God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did through Him in your midst.” (Acts 2:22) A storm is raging and the waves of the sea threaten to engulf the little boat in which the terror-stricken disciples are “crossing to the other side.” They have awakened their Lord and cry out, “Master, do You not care if we perish?” Jesus stands in the boat, calm, serene, and majestic, commanding the wind and the sea to obey Him. To His frightened disciples He says, “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” (Mark 4:35-41)

The words inscribed in the window, “Peace, be still,” are directed not only to the angry winds and waves, but also to the disciples whose faith has been swallowed by their fears. Blessed are they who still hear these words of the Lord in the midst of the storms and tempests of life!

In the lower left lancet, Jesus is portrayed in the midst of His miracles of healing, The sick kneel before Him, their hands outstretched in supplication, and the Great Physician makes them whole again. There is much about sickness and suffering that we do not understand, because, “now we see through a glass darkly,” but one thing we do know: those who suffer and turn to the Lord find themselves to be “more than conquerors through Him Who loved us.”

Two miracles are portrayed in the lower right lancet. The raising of Lazarus from the dead (John 11:1-46) is a symbol of our own promised resurrection and the power of Jesus over death and the grave. Jesus as the Prince and Pioneer of life says, “Lazarus come forth!” To the man who was brought to Him for healing by four of his friends, the Master says, “My son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2:5) In the background are the four friends, the symbol of all those who spare no effort to bring others to the Lord. Because of the throng gathered about the door these four men had lowered their friend through an opening in the roof.

Thus the window portrays the four kinds of miracles through which Jesus manifested His power: the nature miracles, the healing of the sick, the raising of the dead and the forgiveness of sins. May we be reminded that “as many as received Him, to them gave His power to become the sons of God even to them that believe on His Name.” (John 1:12)

 

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