Jesus' Miracles Testify Of Who He Is
Jesus did miracles for many reasons. He used miracles to draw people to Him and also to show that He was who He said He was, the Son of God who had command of the natural elements and the supernatural.
When Jesus did his first miracle of turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana He was honoring his mother. In NIV John 2: 1-11 we see the wine running out and Mary, Jesus’s mother asking Him to turn the water into wine. Jesus says to her in verse 4 “Dear woman, why do you involve me? My time has not yet come.” He does what she asks anyway, honoring her request.
His miracles drew people to Him and we see this in John 2:23, “Now while He was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs He was doing and believed in His name.”
Some of these miracles were:
Matthew 8:2-3, “A man with leprosy came and knelt before Him and said “Lord if you are willing you can make me clean. Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man, “I am willing” He said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.”
He fed Five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fishes in Matthew 14: 15-21 and then again he fed four thousand people in Mark 8:4-9, with seven loaves of bread and a few fish. He showed His compassion for the many that had followed Him to hear His teaching.
Jesus Calms the Storm
Jesus showed His disciples that He was in charge of the natural elements by walking on water and calming the storms. In John 6:19-20 it reads, “When they had rowed three or three and a half miles they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water, and they were terrified. But He said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.”
In Luke 8: 24 Jesus and the disciples were again crossing the lake in a boat when Jesus fell asleep and a storm came up. “The disciples went to wake Him, saying “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; and the storm subsided, and all was calm.”
Demons Are Cast Out of a Man
Jesus also showed that He commanded the supernatural by the casting out of demons.
Mathew 9:32-33 records; “While they were going out a man who was demon possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke.”
Also a very dramatic casting out is found in Matthew 8: 28-32, “When He arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon possessed men coming from the tombs met Him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted, “Have you come to torture us before the appointed time?” Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out,send us into the herd of pigs.” He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs and the whole herd rushed down a steep bank into the lake and died in the water.”
The Dead are Raised
Jesus raised people from the dead to show He had power even over death. Matthew 9:18-19, 23-25 reads, “While He was saying this a ruler came and knelt before Him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus got up and went with him, and so did His disciples. When Jesus entered the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd He said “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at Him. After the crowd had been put outside, He went in and took the girl by the hand and she got up.”
Very powerful was the raising of Lazarus from the dead. In John 11 we see that Jesus’s friend Lazarus has died and Jesus waited four days before going to the tomb with Mary and Martha, Lazarus’s sisters. John 11:39-44; “Take away the stone,” He said. “But Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. The Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you have sent me.” When He had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
Do You Want God More Than You Need Him?
Even in the mist of all the miracles that Jesus did he reminded the people that there was more to Him then the miracles he performed. In John 6:26-27 after the miraculous feeding of the thousands, “Jesus answered, “ I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miracles but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On Him God the Father has placed His seal of approval.” Then they asked Him, “what must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.”
Jesus performed many, many more miracles which were witnessed but never recorded. In fact, the disciple John put it this way, "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." (English Standard Version)
It is interesting to recognize that Jesus Himself endorsed the miracles which He performed. Here is how He put it..."Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves." (New International Version)
The International Standard Version Bible states it this way, "The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who disobeys the Son will not see life. Instead, the wrath of God remains on him." The miracles of Jesus are a testimony to His diety, mission and his work. Man is free to choose with regard to Jesus' lordship. To receive Him means life but to reject Him is death.