The Miracle is All Miracle

What is miracle but the manifestation and realization of the truth in concrete terms. The miraculous is the norm not the exception. All creation is, when in right relationship, miraculous. There is, therefore, only one miracle — “… the Word became flesh … full of grace and truth.”

There is but one grand miracle.
It’s found where mystery dares dance
Across the dream of God
And flesh is born
As Spirit ravishes dull sod.

While the spirit touches flesh a longing is born.
It is a longing to know God.
It is a longing to taste the pleasures of his reality.
It is a crying out for help.
It is a desire for holiness,
A love for his judgments,
A grand remembrance of all his requirements.
(Celtic Devotions, by Calvin Miller, IVP, 2008)

“One is very often asked at present whether we could not have a Christianity stripped, or, as people who asked it say, ‘freed’ from its miraculous elements, a Christianity with the miraculous elements suppressed. Now, it seems to me that precisely the one religion in the world, or, at least the only one I know, with which you could not do that is Christianity. In a religion like Buddhism, if you took away the miracles attributed to Gautama Buddha in some very late sources, there would be no loss; in fact, the religion would get on very much better without them because in that case the miracles largely contradict the teaching. Or even in the case of a religion like Mohammedanism, nothing essential would be altered if you took away the miracles. You could have a great prophet preaching his dogmas without bringing in any miracles; they are only in the nature of a digression, or illuminated capitals. But you cannot possibly do that with Christianity, because the Christian story is precisely the story of one grand miracle, the Christian assertion being that what is beyond all space and time, what is uncreated, eternal, came into nature, into human nature, descended into His own universe, and rose again, bringing nature up with Him. It is precisely one great miracle. If you take that away there is nothing specifically Christian left. There may be many admirable human things which Christianity shares with all other systems in the world, but there would be nothing specifically Christian. Conversely, once you have accepted that, then you will see that all other well-established Christian miracles—because, of course, there are ill-established Christian miracles; there are Christian legends just as much as there are heathen legends, or modern journalistic legends—you will see that all the well-established Christian miracles are part of it, that they all either prepare for, or exhibit, or result from the Incarnation. Just as every natural event exhibits the total character of the natural universe at a particular point and space of time; so every miracle exhibits the character of the Incarnation.” God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics, by C.S. Lewis, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, September 30, 1994


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