Yes it’s not too hard: Make a hole in a garden hose and it will never stop letting water out. Make a hole in human skin and blood will come out, for a while, then a miracle occurs and slowly the bleeding stops. You did nothing. Unseen, a small army of ‘friendly blood cells’ go to work to stop the bleeding. A miracle? Yes! People in Jesus day asked this same question you have asked. Jesus said “The only miracle you will see will be like Jonah in the whale. I will be in the earth three days and three nights.”(Mt.12:38-42). Jesus was talking about his resurrection after His death. Crusty old atheists are smart when they look at a new born baby and say: “Beautiful – it’s a miracle.” Joke: A child was busily drawing in Sunday School and the teacher asked: “What are you drawing?” “I am drawing God.” “But nobody knows what God looks like.” “Well, they will when I’m finished,” says the child.
That’s OK. Youth is a time of discovering and trying out many things, not to mention school and making friends. Millions say the same thing and most of them in this country forget about God because life is so easy, maybe too easy. And some wait till they are old and start ‘Cramming for their finals’ to be sure they make it. The Bible says: “He is a reward-er of those that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6). If you really want to believe, just read your Bible. Start with the Gospel of John. (only takes two to three hours) Somehow, you will sometime notice an unseen helper and good things seem to come your way. Jesus knows you’re serious. He knows our thoughts. There can come a time in your life when a person who has believed in God for years has endured a very hard time in life. None of it was of their doing – just circumstances that hurt very deeply. It could be a war, a car smash, the death of someone who was loved very much had died. I have heard people on radio say that: “…the ‘thing’ was so devastating that I could no longer believe in an all-loving God anymore. I simply lost my faith.” It nearly happened to me after my fall, the wheelchair and all that! It certainly got my thinking wrong. Good, mature Christians helped me through. How? They had been down the same road themselves and really knew what it was like.
A short answer is no. Moses and Elijah, two Old Testament heroes met with Jesus at ‘The Transfiguration’ when God spoke and said: “This is my Son with whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him.” (Mt. 17:1-9). Those two guys had been dead for 500 years by then! When Jesus told the story of heaven and hell, with the rich man in hell; there were other people with him in heaven. See ‘The rich man and Lazarus’ (Luke 16:19-31). Paul wrote to encourage the believers in a city called Corinth, that the troubles they were having from persecution would not last forever: “For we know that when this tent (body) we live in is taken down - we will have wonderful new bodies in heaven, homes that will be ours for evermore, made for us by God.” (2.Cor.5:1).
God’s power within Him. He would just ‘call on God’ in His mind and His words would make it happen. On one occasion a sick lady ‘…touched the hem of his garment’ and was healed. Jesus said: “Who touched me? I felt power go out from me.” (Mark 5:25-34). Be assured people get helped today, as in the time when Jesus was here, but not everyone. And that happened in Jesus time too, not everyone. I have MET one very much-changed lady who was lost in the South China Sea on a child’s dugout canoe - drifting around in the ocean for three days and two nights. This lady, Michelle Hamilton, had told her mum that she: “…did not need this Jesus thank you.” Jesus had very recently transformed her mum’s life. God, or His messenger spoke very clearly to Michelle ten or more times. Even repeated the statement: “You are not going to die.” In my 78 years I have never heard of God’s messenger repeating what he had just said when asked to. Michelle was a most independently-minded girl but by the third day was in very poor shape and needed help. She saw an island and it looked very good to her so she paddled towards it. Voice: “Don’t go that way, turn around and go the other way.” Michelle of course knew that was silly, she wanted her feet on solid ground and kept going. But her canoe was picked up by an unseen hand and thrown in the opposite direction. She swam after it and soon met her rescue boat. It was manned by Christian fishermen. They thought she was: “an Americano Mermaid”. They were very poor with almost no education. They were amazingly kind and generous. Her book, A Mighty Tempest, is amazing reading and is filled with many miracles. She now lives in Sydney. So, how could Jesus help sick people and those in trouble? In His own way – not always when we ask, but miracles still happen and we all must use the medical help that is readily available.
“No!” it goes on forever and ever. AND there is no crying, no night and the ‘River of life’ flows down the main street. The fruit trees will yield twelve crops of fruit a year and the leaves are for: “…the healing of the nations.” Wow! The nations will be healed – I guess that means no wars. The disciple John was given a vision of heaven while in exile on the Island of Patmos. John was the only Disciple to be alive in his old age. See (Rev.22:1-5). Please note we will not be sitting on clouds playing harps. Jesus said to His Disciples: “I am going to prepare a place for you…” If Jesus does it, it will be very, very good.