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SIMPLIFIED JOURNEY (23): Jesus – His Miracles

One of the things about Jesus that immediately captured the attention of the people was His power to do miracles. His miracles were more than amazing feats. They were impossibilities – except by the power of God.

We have no record of any miracle He did prior to His baptism and reception of the Spirit. After that time, the 4 accounts of the gospel have many miracles. The apocryphal gospels show Him doing miracles as a child – but with a difference. There, His miracles were sometime capricious or whimsical, sometimes done in a fit of pique. They were not creative displays of God’s character in the way the miracles associated with the accepted gospels are.

Miracles had many purposes. Some of them were parables in action. That is, they were teaching moments as well as mighty works. Some of them showed His authority over demons, death, disease, and destruction. In this, He showed His power to overcome and bind Satan, the prince of the powers of darkness, one of whose names means Destroyer. Jesus undoes Satan’s works by His miracles. This is in keeping with His redemptive purpose in coming to this world. He came to save and redeem, not to condemn and destroy.

The first miracle was done quietly. His mother implored Him to help in a wedding feast where they had run out of wine. None but his mother, his disciples with him, and the servants at the feast realized what He had done. At His word, the servants filled six stone jugs, each of which would hold about 20 gallons, with water. Then, again at His word, they served this to the governor of the feast, who declared that this wine was the finest he had received during the feast. As a result, He manifested His glory and His disciples believed in Him (John 2:11).

Soon after this, He was in the synagogue in Capernaum teaching “as one having authority.” A man possessed by a demon was there who created a disturbance as he cried out, “Let us alone! What have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Did you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One of God” (Mark 1:24). Jesus commanded the demon to come out of the man – and after making a loud cry and convulsing the man, the demon left him. The synagogue audience was astonished. They said, “What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him” (Mark 1:27). With this, His fame spread everywhere.

"They brought to Him all that were diseased."

That evening, after sunset (the end of the Sabbath), the people “brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons….” (Mark 1:32-34).

Crowds began to dog His steps everywhere – so much that He was not even able to enter the villages. Still, they came to Him, begging His help.

One who came was a leper. He fell before Jesus saying, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus said, “I am willing; be clean!” as He reached out and touched the leper. In doing this, He touched the untouchable with compassion and healing power.

Paralysed Man Let Down Through a Roof to Jesus

On another occasion, four men brought a crippled friend into the house where He was teaching. Jesus seeing their faith, said to the man, “Your sins are forgiven you.” Some of the scribes, or experts in the Law, were sitting there reasoning in themselves, “Why does this Man speak blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Jesus knew what they were thinking, and asked them, “Which is easier? To say ‘your sins are forgiven,’ or to say ‘take up your bed and walk’?” Then He turned back to the paralytic man and said, “So that you will know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive man,” he said to the paralytic, “Take up your bed and walk.” To the amazement of all, the man who had been brought in by four men, picked up his pallet and carried it out to his home praising God (Mark 2:1-12).

His miracles were done openly and in a way that none could deny – though some tried. Some even said that He drove out demons by the power of Beelzebub, that is by Satan himself. Jesus simply said to them, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand” (Mark 3:22-27).

On two occasions He fed a large multitude with a few loaves of bread and small fish – with baskets and hampers of food taken up after all had eaten their fill (Matthew 14:13-21; 15:32-39). After the first of these, the crowd followed Him to demand that He continue feeding them – but He offered them only the Bread of Life come down from Heaven. He would not pander to their fleshly desires, so many of them left Him and followed Him no more (John 6:1-71).

Once, He walked on water through a storm to His disciples who were in a boat on the Sea of Galilee (John 6:15-21). On another occasion, a storm came up while He was asleep in a boat; the disciples awoke Him because they were afraid. He commanded the storm to cease – which it did instantly (Mark 4:35-41). The disciples asked themselves, “Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

Lazarus Raised

At least 3 times, He raised someone from the dead (Mark 5:21-43; Luke 7:11-17; and John 11:1-44). He gave sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf. He gave speech to dumb tongues, healed withered hands, straightened bent backs, and stopped a flow of blood that drained a woman of all energy for 12 years!

In all of this, He gave personal time and attention to each of the persons whom He healed, often telling them not to tell anyone what He had done.

Matthew said of Him that He did these things,

that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

“He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses” – Matthew 8:17, quoting from Isaiah 53:4

In someway that I do not understand, He took the sickness and brokenness of the people He healed on Himself. In this, He prefigured His work at Calvary when He took our sins into His own body as He suffered for us on the cross.

Immanuel – God with us – was walking the dusty, dirty roads of Palestine, caring for those who were ill and taking their infirmities on Himself.

His life from His baptism to His death was one long act of love and mercy – many times displayed in the miracles He did almost as a matter of course – though they cost Him much, as He ” felt power go out of Him” (Mark 5:25-34).

Yet, the greatest affliction of Mankind was still there. He had work to do beyond healing. The greatest disease was in the hearts, minds, and souls of the people. He came to do something about that too.

NEXT: SIMPLIFIED JOURNEY (24): Jesus – His Teaching

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2 Responses

  1. Jesus peace be unto him closest to god . Jesus is the symbol of love of god his kindness and forgiveness . Mohammad is messenger of god teaching peope how to live in order to please Allah
    both are brother in relation to each other the son of Abrahan through Isaac and Ismial . Both enlight our heart and bring us peace . Let we all shed hatred and love each other has brothers after all we are all son of Adam and Eve

    • I, and other Christians, believe that Jesus is more than a symbol of God’s love. He is Immanuel, or “God with us” (see Matthew 1:18-25). Or, as John 1:1-18 puts it, he is the Word, which is God, made flesh to be with us in the flesh for a short time.

      While Jesus and Mohammad are “brothers” in that that are both descended from Abraham, they are very different in how they present God. Jesus teaches us and shows us that God is a loving father who urgently seeks us. He demonstrates this love through his own life and death. Mohammad preaches a doctrine of conquest in which people are required to submit or to die.

      One is obedient because of love; the other obeys because of fear.

      I admire much of the moral teaching of Islam. I do not admire those who, in the name of Islam, crash airplanes into buildings to destroy the people working there. I might add that I do not admire or support those who, in the name of Jesus, launch wars of conquest either. Jesus taught us the principle of loving our enemies, not of killing them to make them submit to him. The armor of God, as taught by Jesus’ apostles, is truth, peace, righteousness, salvation, faith, and God’s Word (see Ephesians 6:13-18 in the New Testament of the Bible). Mohammad himself was a warrior who crushed his enemies; Jesus presented himself as a sacrifice for our sins. There is a vast difference between these two.

      Thank you for visiting my web pages. I hope that you will come back many times to learn more of Jesus and his more excellent way of love (see I Corinthians 13:1-13 in the New Testament).


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