But there was a man named Simon, who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he himself was somebody great. They all paid attention to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the power of God that is called Great.” And they paid attention to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic. Acts 8:9-11
After Jesus was resurrected, He appeared before the apostles for 40 days and on the last day, on Mount of Olive where He met with the apostles, He gave them the Great Commission and that was to make disciples of all nations.
In Mark, it was mentioned that “God will confirm His words by signs and wonders” and that is something we should take note of. Indeed, miracles will happen in the midst of those who believe in the word of God.
What was recorded in the book of Acts about the works by the apostles and their disciples is historical; what happened was exactly like what Mark had mentioned… The spreading and sharing of the gospel were accompanied by miracles which testified that Jesus has risen and He is alive.
Meanwhile, Luke said about a person by the name of Simon who practised magic and had amazed the people around him till they believed that the power he had was from God.
What can be the similarity and difference between the two incidents above? The similarity is about the happening of miracles; the difference is one group of people follows miracles (of Simon’s) while the other, miracles (of Jesus) follow them wherever they go.
The same thing is happening today where there are individuals who claim that they have special power to perform miracles and people believed in them and became their followers.
Christians must realise that they are followers of Jesus Christ, whether they have physically experienced a miracle or not does not matter because the greatest miracle that has already happened is “Jesus is risen from the dead and He is alive.” Based on this faith we have in Jesus, miracles will follow.
So there is a difference between chasing after miracles and letting miracles following us and the latter will happen if we are steadfast in our faith in Jesus. Today, God continues to do miracles in the midst of people who believe in Him. He wants us to be well grounded in His words and by putting our trust in Him, He will let miracles happen in our lives.