The Lord Jesus Christ - miracles

His miracles

    What is a miracle?

      • Every event in this universe is, in the end, attributable to God. Col 1:16-17, Eph 1:11b, Dan 4:34-35.
      • God usually works in a certain way, and we mistakenly call it 'the laws of nature
      • sometimes He works in a different way :-
      • it is still consistent with His character
      • no 'laws' have been broken
      • but it appears to be more mighty; and is for a reason
      • we call these "miracles"
      • a miracle is thus "an extraordinary act of providence"
      • when God Himself was among us, we are not surprised that He worked such miracles.

    What miracles did our Lord Jesus Christ perform ?

      • He did them by His will, using His word, touch, or spittle. He displayed a note of inherent authority (e.g., Mk 2:9-11), and yet also acted in constant dependence on His Father (e.g. Jn 5:19).
      • Apart from the miracles surrounding His birth, His passing through a hostile crowd, the Calvary miracles, and the resurrection and appearances, there are recorded 35 miracles. which Jesus worked :-

      17 bodily cures

      • nobleman's son; infirm man at Jerusalem; Peter's mother-in-law; a leper; a paralytic; man with withered hand; centurion's servant; two blind men; deaf & dumb man; blind man at Bethsaida; blind man at Jerusalem; woman with 18 years infirmity; woman with issue of blood; man with dropsy; ten lepers; blind Bartimaeus; Malchus' ear

      9 miracles over forces of 'nature'

      • water to wine; draught of fishes; tempest stilled; 5000 fed walking on water; 4000 fed; tax money; fig tree withered; another draught of fishes.

      6 cures of demoniacs

      • in Capernaum synagogue; blind & dumb demoniac; Gadarene demoniacs; dumb demoniac; Syrophoenician daughter; demoniac boy

      3 raised from the dead

      • Jairus' daughter; widow's son at Nain; Lazarus at Bethany
      • plus countless others
      • read John 2:23, Matt 4:23-24, 9:35, 15:30-31, 19:1-2, Mark 1,32-34, 6:53-56, Luke 4:40, 6:17-19, John 21:25 !!

    What was the purpose of these miracles ?

      • They were NOT mere wonders, intended simply to dazzle people.
      • the whole method of appealing to men by miracles Jesus had rejected in His temptation. Matt 4:1-11.
      • He refused to perform useless and spectacular wonders simply to prove His claims. Matt 12:38-42, 16:1-4.
      • frequently He told those He had helped to be quiet about a miracle. Matt 8:4, Mk 8:6, Lk 8:56.
      • the word 'wonder' is never used on its own of Jesus' miracles.

    They were NOT just rewards for faith.

      • Faith is not mentioned at all in connection with some of the miracles. see Mk 1:29-31,32, 5:1-20, Lk 7:11-17, 13:10-17, Jn 5:1-9 etc..
      • there is no place for it in the case of Malchus (Lk 22:50-51); the man at the pool did not have it, for he promptly betrayed Christ, (Jn 5:15) and dead Lazarus could not have exercised it (Jn 11:43).

    They WERE acts of compassion.

      • It is said so in the cases of the dumb demoniac (Matt 9:36), 5000 (14:14), 4000 (15:32), blind at Jericho (20:34), leper ( Mk 1:41), Gadarene demoniac (Mk 5:19), demoniac boy (Mk 9:22), widow at Nain (Lk 7:13).
      • all of our Lord's ministry should be interpreted in the light of Matthew 8:16-17.

    They WERE signs.

      • They pointed people to God. The people who saw them reacted as in the presence of God. Mk 1:27, Matt 9:8, Lk 5:26, 7:16, 9:23.
      • They demonstrated that Jesus was sent by God - indeed, that He was God.
      • the highest faith is that which believes without a sign. Jn 20:29.
      • nonetheless, signs have a useful function in bearing witness to Christ - Jn 2:11, 3:2, 9:30, 33.
      • and sometimes Jesus appealed to them as proof of His claims (though He rejected spectacular stunts, as we have seen, Jn 5:36, Lk 7:19-23, Mk 2:10-12, Jn 14:11, 15:24.
      • as did His apostles. Acts 2:22.