THE MIRACLES OF JESUS
- Jesus cured blindness, made the lame walk, and even raised people from death
- Jesus’ main concern was for people’s status with God
- His miracles revealed his compassion and that he was the Messiah
“Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:30-31)
It amazed everyone at the wedding banquet. Jesus saw that they had run out of wine. So he miraculously changed large jars of water into wine. It was the first of many, many miracles of Jesus that people would witness during the routine interactions of life. His power as God would become evident over and over again. One time a group of 5,000 men plus women and children had gathered to listen to him. He told his disciples (12 chosen followers) to feed them. They thought it was impossible. But Jesus took the five loaves and two small fish that one boy had along and multiplied them into enough to feed the whole crowd…with even 12 baskets of leftovers.
Jesus cured blindness, opened the ears of those who were deaf, and make the rotting skin of lepers new again. He drove out demons in demon-possessed people. He calmed the seas and walked on water. He brought people back to life after they had died, including the dead son of the widow of Nain, Jesus’ friend Lazarus, and Jairus’ daughter.
One day Jesus was teaching in a house when a man’s friends lowered the man through the roof in order to place him right in front of Jesus. The first words out of Jesus’ mouth were, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” That shocked the people. Was that what the friends wanted for him? The teachers of the law claimed Jesus had no authority to forgive sins. But to prove he had such authority and to show his concern for the man, he said, “Which is easier to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But that you may know that the son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,” he said to the paralytic, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of all of them. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying “we have never seen anything like this!”
All this led many people to see Jesus as the promised Messiah. He knew that the greatest illness was sin which separates us from God and his blessings. Jesus knew forgiveness was key to restoring that relationship. That is what he came to accomplish and give.