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Discovery Magazine 10/1/2001

The Miracles of Jesus

by  Bert Thompson, Ph.D.

While Jesus was on Earth, He claimed to be the Son of God. When the Jewish high priest asked Him, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?," Jesus answered, "I am" (Mark 14:61-62). On another occasion, Jesus said to Philip: "He who has seen Me has seen the Father" (John 14:9). And once, when speaking to the Jews, Jesus said: "I and My Father are one" (John 10:30). Christ certainly claimed to be God’s Son. But was He?

Yes, He was. And He proved it by working miracles. While God had allowed other people to perform miracles, their miracles confirmed they were servants of God. Jesus’ miracles proved that He is God (read John 10:37-38; cf. John 20:30-31). When Peter preached to the Jews who had put Jesus to death, he reminded them that Christ’s identity as the Son of God had been proved "by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through him in your midst, even as you yourselves also know" (Acts 2:22). Indeed, the Jews did know, because they had witnessed Christ’s miracles almost daily. Even Jesus’ enemies often had to admit that no one could do what Jesus did unless God was with Him (John 3:2; see also John 9).

Jesus performed miracles of physical healing, such as healing: a man who was paralyzed (Matthew 9:2-8); Peter’s mother-in-law, who had a terrible fever (Mark 1:29-31); a nobleman’s son who was very sick (John 4:46-53); ten lepers (Luke 17:11-19); deafness and dumbness (Mark 7:31-37); blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52); and Malchus’ severed ear, which had been cut off by Peter (Luke 22:47-51).

He performed miracles in the natural realm, such as: stilling a storm (Matthew 8:23-27); multiplying food to feed crowds (5,000 fed—Matthew 14:15-21; 4,000 fed—Matthew 15:32-39); and walking on water (Matthew 14:25-33).

And, Christ raised people from the dead, including: Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:35-43); a widow’s son (Luke 7:11-15); and Lazarus of Bethany (John 11:1-44).

Unlike some modern-day "miracles," Christ’s miracles were not performed under controlled conditions. Nor were they faked for television cameras. When Jesus healed someone, they really were healed! When He raised someone from the dead (something you don’t see anyone doing today!), they really did come back to life.

There are many ways to prove that Jesus was Who He claimed to be. But the miracles He performed are one of the most important proofs that He truly was the Son of God.



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