It’s a Miracle debuted on Pax Television in 1998. This sixty minute documentary examined true stories that on the surface appeared to be impossible. However, as eyewitnesses recounted these events, it was clear that angels, divine intervention and the power of prayer gave birth to a miracle. This program that ran for six seasons reminding me that with God, anything is possible.
Now as He approached the city gate, a dead man was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her [in the funeral procession]. 13 When the Lord saw her, He felt [great] compassion for her, and said to her, “Do not weep,” Luke 7:12-13.
When I first read the passage above years ago, I didn’t conceptualize the magnitude of what Jesus was able to do. I’ve attended several funerals where the victim died unexpectedly, long before they should have. As a bystander, Jesus is moved by the Holy Spirit, stopping what he was doing to approach the casket. When the pallbearer’s stopped, Jesus touched the bier and spoke life into this dead man. What Jesus did defies logic and medical science, a resurrection.
And He came up and touched the bier [on which the body rested], and the pallbearers stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise [from death]!”15 The man who was dead sat up and began to speak. And Jesus gave him back to his mother, Luke 7:14-15.
In 2015, Project Afterlife took a closer look at near death experiences. This Destination America series explored cases of individuals presumed dead by doctors, but miraculously awoke, given a mulligan, a new lease on life. According to reports from missionaries in Africa, resurrections aren’t limited to the Bible. According to eyewitnesses, persistent prayers refused to believe that their loved ones have passed on. Like the example from the film Faith Like Potatoes, the impossible is occurring as the pronounced dead are being raised back to life.
by Jay Mankus