People use power in different ways. Some are humble, like a benevolent boss. Others are not, like that overbearing TSA agent you met on your last trip.
The way that Jesus used power tells us a lot about Him. In the Bible, the four Gospels recount the story of Jesus’s life.
From them, we learn about the major events of His life. There 37 miracles of Jesus that these four books of the Bible describe. John assures us that this is by far a small percentage of the wonders that Jesus performed.
“Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” John 21:25
What can we learn from these accounts? What do the miracles of Jesus tell us about Him? Let’s dive in and see.
The Power of Jesus
The miracles of Jesus show us His power. But, you say, there are many people in the Bible that perform miracles. Elijah the Prophet even raised people from the dead in the Old Testament.
There is one key difference between Jesus and everyone else who performs signs and miracles.
Jesus performs some based on His own power. While Jesus does call on the Father for some miracles, many of them He performs in His own name. No one else in the Bible performs miracles in their own name. They either call on God the Father, or on Jesus himself.
This reveals the difference between Jesus and other Biblical characters. He has power in His own right, something no other human being has. He’s in His own category and that shows His divine character.
The Character of Jesus
The miracles of Jesus reveal much about His character. He was kind, compassionate and gentle. He was generous and treated everyone with respect. He did not ostracize anyone and treated Jews and Gentiles with the same compassion.
The way that Jesus used his power shows us His intent. The miracles of Jesus always had a reason.
He performed the overwhelming majority of them to help people. He either healed someone, raised someone from the dead, or drove out a demon.
He was much more like the benevolent boss than the overbearing TSA agent.
The First Miracle of Jesus
Not all the miracles of Jesus were to help someone. In fact, the very first miracle of Jesus was to turn water into wine at a wedding feast in Cana.
At first glance that doesn’t seem too noble. But there was always a purpose to the miracles of Jesus. In this case, He was announcing Himself.
The Bible doesn’t tell us much about Jesus’s life before His ministry began. Scholars agree, for the most part, that nothing much happened before that. Jesus grew up like a normal boy (well, except for the sinless part).
Jesus uses the miracle of turning water into wine to show His power. He was showing that He is not a normal human being. He is the Son of God and has command over the elements (and everything else).
This miracle is the beginning point of His earthly ministry.
The Purpose of the Miracles of Jesus
The miracles of Jesus had other purposes too. The first one, as we’ve mentioned was to announce Himself and show His power. We’ll go into more depth about that in a bit.
Regardless, every miracle He performed had a specific purpose. Each miracle came with a message. Plus, it either helped someone or revealed something about His character or divinity.
He refused to perform miracles just to show off. Luke 23:8-9 gives us an example of this. Herod wanted to see Jesus perform a miracle. But his reason wasn’t honorable. He had wickedness in his heart and Jesus “made him no answer”.
Prove His Claim and Show His Power
There are other miracles that also revealed His power and glory. Their purpose was to show that Jesus is the Messiah. To prove His claim that He was the Son of God.
In those days, to claim that you were the Son of God was the height of blasphemy. The punishment for blasphemy was death. As you can see, it was a very serious thing.
If Jesus claimed that He was the Son of God without showing His power, no one would have believed Him.
Of course, we know that they eventually did execute Jesus for claiming to be the Son of God. But not before thousands of people witnessed His miracles.
That simple, 3-year ministry had a tremendous impact throughout history. More than 2 thousand years have passed since Jesus walked the Earth. There are still millions of people talking about Him and quoting Jesus today.
Give Us Holy Humility
Some of the miracles of Jesus are to help us realize our place. As humans, we have the tendency to think higher of ourselves than we should.
Imagine seeing the Messiah calm the winds of a terrible storm? Or seeing Him walk on water? Isn’t that awe-inspiring? Wouldn’t it make you realize how insignificant you are in comparison?
Of course, the purpose of holy humility is to put things into perspective. Jesus doesn’t want to annihilate your self-worth. But he does want to knock the prideful folks down a notch or two.
While He shows His tremendous power, He also shows how much He values every person. He doesn’t have to heal the sick or drive out demons. He could just calm storms and turn lots of water into wine to show His power. But He heals for a specific reason, He is showing us how precious we are to Him.
Draw Us To Him
Ultimately the whole purpose of the miracles of Jesus is to draw us to Him. Remember, every person is precious to Jesus and He wants everyone to be saved.
Not everyone believes Him, so not everyone will be saved. But the miracles are one of the tools He uses to prove His claim and show us His love.
Imagine being present for one of these miraculous acts. How do you think you would respond? With skepticism? With wonder? Would it draw you to Him?
Jesus drew huge crowds wherever He went. It sure looks like He succeeded in drawing a lot of people to Him.
The 37 Miracles of Jesus
So what are the 37 miracles of Jesus? Let’s take a look.
- Water into wine at the wedding in Cana, Jesus’ first miracle. John 2:1-11
- Heals official’s son in Capernaum in Galilee. John 4-43-54
- Drives out an evil spirit from a man in Capernaum. Mark 1:21-27, Luke 4:31-36
- Heals Peter’s sick mother-in-law. Matthew 8:14-15, Mark 1:29-31, Luke 4:38-39
- Drives out various demons and heals many sick people in one evening. Matthew 8:16-17, Mark 1:32-34, Luke 4:40-41
- Adds a miraculous amount to the day’s catch of fish at Lake Gennesaret. Luke 5:1-11
- Heals a man of leprosy. Matthew 8:1-4, Mark 1:40-45, Luke 5:12-14
- Heals a Centurion’s servant of paralysis in Capernaum. Matthew 8:5-13, Luke 7:1-10
- Heals a paralytic whose friends let him down through the roof. Matthew 9:1-8, Mark 2:1-12, Luke 5:17-26
- Heals the withered hand of a man on the Sabbath. Matthew 12:9-14, 3:1-6, 6:6-11
- Brings the widow’s son back to life in Nain. Luke 7:11-17
- Calms the storm in the ocean. Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25.
- Drives demon out of a man into a herd of pigs. Matthew 8:28-33, Mark 5:1-20, Luke 8:26-39.
- Heals woman’s blood issue when she touches his cloak in a crowd. Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-34, Luke 8:42-48.
- Brings Jairus’ daughter back from the dead. Matthew 9:18, 23-26, Mark 5:21-24, 35-43, Luke 8:40-42, 49-56.
- Heals two men that are blind. Matthew 9:27-31.
- Heals a mute man. Matthew 9:32-34
- Heals an invalid in Bethesda. John 5:1-15
- Feeds over 5,000 people with 5 loaves of bread and two fish. Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-15
- Walks on water. Matthew 14:22-33, Mark 6:45-52, John 6:16-21
- Heals many sick people in Gennesaret when they touch his clothes. Matthew 14:34-36, Mark 6:53-56.
- Drives a demon out of a Gentile woman’s daughter. Matthew 15:21-28, Mark 7:24-30.
- Heals a deaf, mute man. Mark 7:31-37.
- Feeds over 4000 people with 7 loaves of bread and a few small fish. Matthew 15:32-39, Mark 8:1-13.
- Heals blind man in Bethesda. Mark 8:22-26
- Spits in the eyes of a man born blind to heal him. John 9:1-12.
- Drives an unclean spirit out of a boy. Matthew 17:14-20, Mark 9:14-29, Luke 9:37-43.
- Provides tax for the Temple in a fish’s mouth. Matthew 17:24-27.
- Drives the demon out of a blind and mute man. Matthew 12:22-23, Luke 11:14-23.
- Heals a woman crippled for 18 years. Luke 13:10-17.
- Heals a man who has Dropsy on the Sabbath. Luke 14:1-6
- Heals 10 lepers on his way into Jerusalem. Luke 17:11-19.
- Brings Lazarus back to life in Bethany. John 11:1-45.
- Heals blind Bartimaeus in Jericho. Matthew 20:29-34, Mark 10:46-52, Luke, 18:35-43.
- Withers the fig tree. Matthew 21:18-22, Mark 11:12-14.
- Heals the servant’s ear that a disciple cuts off while they are arresting Jesus. Luke 22:50-51.
- Adds a miraculous amount to the day’s catch of fish in the Sea of Tiberius. John 21:4-11.
Wrapping Things Up
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