In the next chapter of The Secret Message of Jesus, McLaren focuses on how Jesus lived out his message. His communication that the “kingdom of God is near” was not limited to his words. Jesus’ signs and wonders also communicated.

In this chapter McLaren discusses what he calls the “tyranny of the impossible.” He writes, “When everyone ‘knows’ something is impossible, nobody even attempts it. Why waste their time?” But in the kingdom of God, the impossible becomes possible.

McLaren argues that that is the point of Jesus’ miracles. Through them the kingdom of God is demonstrated. “The kingdom of God–with its peace, healing, sanity, empowerment, and freedom–is available to all, here and now. . . . They make way for faith that something new, unprecedented, and previously impossible is on the move.”