Do You Believe in Magic?
Magic has captivated minds throughout history.
Our favorite fictional characters live in worlds of magic. Magic promises to rescue us from boredom. Magic tugs at the curtain behind the stage of this life, and suggests something more behind the scenes.
Could it be that the idea of magic came from God?
Gandalf raises his wand-staff before jolting it into the ground to confront the firey demon. We all remember the epic roar from the Grey Wizard: "You shall not pass!"
But, have we forgotten how God divided the Red Sea it into two walls of water when Moses lifted his staff and stretced his hand out over the waves (Exodus 14:21)?
Who didn't shudder when Slytheran celebrity, Draco Malfoy slung a serpent at Harry Potter in their famous dual?
But, did this magic match God's when He made Moses' and Aaron's staff slither into a snake and swallow the two vipers created by the Egyptian magicians (Exodus 4:2-4; 7:10-13)?
The Bible speaks of the Witch of Endor (1 Samuel 28:3-25).
The Bible mentions powerful sorceries and great enchantments (Isaiah 47:9).
You read of the Resurrection Stone, or the Sorceror's Stone...
But, did you know God speaks of magic stones (Proverbs 17:8), and magic wrist bands (Ezekiel 13:18, 20)?
You read of sibyls and fortune tellers, but did you know God speaks of people who could tell you things which are humanly impossible to know (Deuteronomy 18:14; Isaiah 2:6; Jeremiah 27:9; Micah 5:12)?
In fact, the word "magic" comes from the word "magi" (Gk: magos) which is real word used to describe the "wise men" who come to see Jesus after His birth (Matthew 2:1, 7, 16). Wizards welcomed the new-born King?
The problem is that what we call "magic" can be good or bad.
It is either from God or demons.
Remember, "magic" is God's idea. He takes pride in doing what we find "magical." If Jesus lived on Earth in 2016, we would describe His miracles as "magic."
- He walks on water and flies: Leviosa (John 6:16-21; Luke 24:51-52).
- He confuses wise people: Confundo (Luke 2:46-47).
- He shrinks storms and waves to tiny whispers and ripples: Reducto (Mark 4:35-41).
- He moves through doors without touching the doornob: Alohamora (John 20:26).
- He calls objects and people to Himself with a spoken word: Accio (John 12:32).
- He protects with a spoken word and radiant light: Expecto Patronum (Revelation 1:12-20).
- He even reverses the death curse: Avabra Cadabra (John 5:24; 20:1-10).
- He not only can create water, He can transform water into wine: Aguamenti (John 2:6-11).
God is way more exciting than magic.
The Bible is way more exciting than fiction.
God became a man and perfomed countles acts which we would call "magic." One day, He will even re-create the entire universe.
How magical that world will be!
But, be careful with your imagination.
The godless Egyptian wizards performed magic. How did they do that?
They were not working with God.
The Egyptian magicians worked with dark magic from demons. But, their magic is weak and puny next to God's great power.
The Bible tells us that dark magic comes at the most horrible cost--your life! So, God commanded Israel never to use it (Deuteronomy 18:9-14; Isaiah 3:1-3, 18-23). In fact, Jesus saved lots of people from dark magic!
God's miraculous power is wonderful to behold (Acts 19:11-20). Many magicians saw how God's "magic" was way more powerful than anything they had ever seen (Acts 8:9-13).
Great, glorious power (far greater than magic) even works in YOU through the new birth (1 Peter 1:3; Ephesians 1:19-21; 1:John 3:5-8). God supernaturally brings us alive to place His desires in our heart.
Jesus is more powerful than any wizard.
He created the entire physical and spiritual world by speaking.
He keeps everything working right this very moment.
He made you.
And, He gives eternal life to those He loves.
Believe in Jesus, the Chosen One.
Read about all the amazing things He did during His life on earth.
He died on the cross to destroy the dark magic sin and Satan held over us.
Then, He brought Himself back to life again!
"He who is in you is greater than He who is in the world" (1 John 4:4).