The Savior Jesus Christ possesses all power, might, and dominion over this and all other earths. In His pre-mortal state, when He was known as Jehovah, He created this world from pre-existent matter. Over the millennia, He directed His people, sending floods and fire from Heaven as needed for their protection or punishment. When it was time to redeem the world as a mortal, Jesus continued His show of power. He multiplied food, walked on water, raised the dead, healed lepers, and cast out raging demons with a single word. In the near future, as the resurrected Lord of lords and King of kings, He will perform some of His greatest miracles and His matchless power will be acknowledged by all.
An ancient prophet said that God works through miracles and that the great day of miracles is not over:
“I will show unto you a God of miracles, even the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and it is that same God who created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are. . . .
“And now, O all ye that have imagined up unto yourselves a god who can do no miracles, I would ask of you, have all these things passed, of which I have spoken? Has the end come yet? Behold I say unto you, Nay; and God has not ceased to be a God of miracles.
“Behold, are not the things that God hath wrought marvelous in our eyes? Yea, and who can comprehend the marvelous works of God?
“Who shall say that it was not a miracle that by his word the heaven and the earth should be; and by the power of his word man was created of the dust of the earth; and by the power of his word have miracles been wrought?
“And who shall say that Jesus Christ did not do many mighty miracles? And there were many mighty miracles wrought by the hands of the apostles.
“And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.
“And the reason why he ceaseth to do miracles among the children of men is because that they dwindle in unbelief, and depart from the right way, and know not the God in whom they should trust.
“Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth” (Mormon 9:11, 15-21).
God used His power and miracles before this world was, He has used them throughout the duration of its existence, and He will continue to use them to bless the lives of the faithful or, conversely, to humble the rebellious. The Savior wants to pour down miracles upon us. But He is governed by law as much as any of us. And He simply can’t pour out the riches of eternity upon those who violate eternal laws. Yet, repentance is the ultimate miracle. When we conform to eternal law and have sincere and obedient hearts and do our best in our fallen state to follow the right path, then His soul gushes with love and He blesses us in myriad ways, both temporally and spiritually. This goes for nations as well as individuals.
The Devil, through his deceptions and cunning influence, may persuade hard-hearted tyrants to imprison or kill the innocent, confiscate food, steal the wealth of the poor, wage wars of aggression, or release plagues, but Jesus Christ has the power to protect the faithful from fiery flames (Daniel 3:19-29), preserve the righteous against ravenous lions (Daniel 6:7-27), inspire the discerning to prepare in advance for times of famine (Genesis 41:25-36), send legions of angels to rout enemy armies (2 Kings 19: 32-36), heal the sick of plagues (Numbers 21:6-9), and even raise people from the grave (John 11:34-45). Satan’s power is puny and pathetic; the Savior’s power is peerless and perfect.
With a solitary phrase, “Peace, be still,” Jesus calmed the roaring waves of Galilee, showing His unchallenged control over the elements (Mark 4:37-41). Because He had compassion on a weeping widow who had lost her son, he brought him back from beyond the grave with a little phrase: “Young man, I say unto thee, Arise” (Luke 7:11-16). And, in a rapidly approaching day, when the Jews have been humbled through suffering to the point that they are finally ready to accept their Messiah, Jesus will appear on the Mount of Olives. As His holy foot touches that spot, the mountain will cleave in pieces, the people will run out, and they will finally embrace their Redeemer (Zechariah 14:1-9).
It should humble us to know that a single word from Jesus, or the mere touch of His foot, has the power to calm turbulent waves and tear apart solid mountains. How powerful is our God really? Satan can offer us nothing – absolutely nothing. The Lord offers us Heaven, eternal life, and endless joy. And He alone has the power to deliver on His promises.
I witness that the Lord is a mighty, majestic Man. Yes, He is merciful, forgiving, gentle, tender, and loving, but He is also fiercer and more passionate for truth and justice than we often think. The Prophet Joseph Smith made a statement about our Eternal Father which applies equally to His Holy Son:
“Our heavenly Father is more liberal in His views, and boundless in His mercies and blessings, than we are ready to believe or receive; and, at the same time, is more terrible to the workers of iniquity, more awful in the executions of His punishments, and more ready to detect every false way, than we are apt to suppose Him to be” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 257).
The Lord is not weak and frail, though He allowed Himself to be cruelly killed to fulfill the eternal law of redemption. By giving up His own sinless life as an offering for those of us who sin and who need a mediator to ransom us from our mortal frailties and failures, Jesus Christ became the Redeemer of the universe. He is the only one who has ever conquered the Devil, death, and hell completely. He has overcome them and He can extend His unmatched power to us so that we may likewise overcome our smaller burdens. This power is, however, offered conditionally. The price we must pay is obedience to His words.
How great is it, then, to acknowledge what a prophet once proclaimed:
“Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his salvation? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but he hath given it free for all men; and he hath commanded his people that they should persuade all men to repentance.
“Behold, hath the Lord commanded any that they should not partake of his goodness? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but all men are privileged the one like unto the other, and none are forbidden. . . .
“. . . he doeth that which is good among the children of men; and he doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men; and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile” (2 Nephi 26:27-28, 33).
The Lord’s infinite goodness is available to all of us. His love can touch your heart. His Spirit can inspire your mind. His strength can buoy you up in the face of trials. His virtue can heal you from every malady that may come. His miracles can bless you in a thousand ways. We need only sincerely heed His sincere invitations: “Come unto me” and “come, follow me” (Matthew 11:28-30; Luke 18:22).
I close with a word of testimony and an apt declaration from King Darius issued after he witnessed the Lord miraculously save Daniel from the lions. I know that the Lord works by miracles. I can’t claim to receive them every day, but I have received them. God is real. His Son is Jesus Christ. They hear our prayers and, when it is according to their will, They answer them. This I know perfectly because of my own personal experiences and I declare it as fact to all who doubt. The Lord is good to and “loveth those who will have him to be their God” (1 Nephi 17:40).
Now for King Darius’s proclamation:
“Peace be multiplied unto you.
“I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and steadfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
“He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions” (Daniel 6:25-27).
King Darius was right. The Lord’s power is matchless. He has no equal. His is Lord of all. His miracles have not ceased. He is returning soon to take the scepter of earthly power away from the usurper Satan. His Kingdom will cover the earth and all will bow the knee before Him. As that day approaches, those who follow Jesus Christ will be tested to the limit, but they will have miracles poured down upon them and will be preserved by “signs and wonders in heaven and in earth.” Be on the Lord’s side. He loves you and wants to bless you.
December 11, 2021