Acts 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know.

God intended the Church that Jesus said He would build was to be a supernatural Church. Shortly after Jesus demonstrated power over death when he raised a widow’s only son from the dead in the city called Nain, when John the Baptist heard of Jesus’ works, he sent two of his disciples to ask Jesus, “…Art thou he that should come? Or look we for another?” John was in prison suffering some hardships while fully serving God (I know this doesn’t fit what some portray as today’s brand of Christianity but it is still a reality) and probably getting a little offended. We do suffer hardships that we have to endure. Jesus didn’t offer an apology to John for what he was experiencing. Sometimes we use our faith for deliverance from difficulties instead of for endurance through difficulties.

Jesus’ reply also was not by giving a set of logical proofs, a group of theological tenets of faith, or a doctrinal discourse. The Bible says in Luke 7:21-23, “And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. 22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. 23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” He validated His ministry from a perspective of dem¬on¬stra¬tion of the Spirit and power.

Jesus’ ministry from start to finish was one of supernatural signs and wonders. He was as Acts 2:22 describes Him, “Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know.” Supernatural signs and wonders were His stamp of approval from God. Without the supernatural, miracles, signs, and wonders—all we have is but a religion of words, a going through the motions, and a form of godliness that denies the power thereof.

The world needs to see a living God. Jesus intended and planned that His disciples continue to do what He did and even greater works John 14:12. He intended that the Gospel be spread by others like He did with the same approval of signs and wonders.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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