Cooperative Miracles

LeRoy Koopman

READ : John 2:1-8

Jesus’ first miracle was quite unlike any other that would follow. It was, in fact, downright strange. More about that tomorrow.

But in one respect it was much like many of Jesus’ other miracles: it called for cooperation. Jesus asked the servants to fill the six stone jars (each holding twenty to thirty gallons) with water. The servants did so without questioning, despite the fact that transporting 120 to 180 gallons of water for no apparent reason was a lot of work. Then, at Jesus’ request, they poured some out and brought it to the chief steward, again for no apparent reason.

Jesus, you may remember, fed the 5,000 with the help of a boy who shared his lunch, healed a paralytic with the help of four friends who lowered him from the roof, and healed a blind man after he washed off the mud Jesus had placed on his eyes. At Nazareth he could do few miracles “because of their unbelief” (Matt. 13:58).

Does God continue to do miracles today? Certainly. Does God continue to work with His people in performing those miracles? Usually. The hungry are fed, the sick are cured, the homeless are cared for, the addicted are freed because people like you and me work together with God.

Have you participated in a miracle lately?


Open our eyes, Lord, to the possibilities of cooperating with You in the performance of a miracle. Amen.