Miracles are definitely Good News! In the Acts of the Apostles, Tabitha (also known as Dorcas) has died an her friends are mourning. Peter goes up to where she has been laid, he prays, and she rises from the dead!
It’s a very early church miracle.
And it’s easy to believe that these things only happened in Biblical times. But miracles happen every day – they always have. The truck that narrowly missed you in the intersection, the random meeting of the person who became the love of your life – even astonishing recoveries from near-death, comas, or accidents.
It’s also easy to believe that miracles don’t happen to us, because we can’t control them and we don’t make them happen. This is true. Although it appears that Peter raised Tabitha from the dead through his own power, that’s not exactly what happens. Peter is filled with the Holy Spirit and fully reliant on God’s power! He’s not performing a miracle, he’s witnessing to one.
We don’t cause miracles – we don’t wield the power of God. But we witness to them – just like Peter did when he first prayed and called on God’s spirit at Tabitha’s bedside. That’s Good News.
Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.
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