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The Miracles of Jesus

 

I. What is a miracle?

A. Something that occurs that is contrary to what happens in nature (naturally) and that Christians

usually attribute to the power of God.

B. In the N.T. a miracle is also known as a "sign", "wonder", or "power".

II. The purpose of Christ's miracles

A. Principally the miracles of Jesus were a response of compassion upon encountering human need.

They show His person, character, and His divine love.

B. At the same time it is evident that such miracles authenticated Jesus' mission as the Messiah (the

Christ). See John 20:30-31

III. The miracles of Jesus manifested His power in four (4) areas

A. Over sickness and disease There are 17 physical healings mentioned in the 4 gospels; for example:

the lame, the paralytic, the blend, the deaf, etc.

B. Over the forces of nature- there are 9 cases listed in the table that follows. Even in these cases the

miracles focused upon relieving human necessity rather than any attempt to exalt himself. Not

Matthew 4:1-11 where Jesus refused to perform such miracles that might exalt himself.

C. Over Satan and Demons Jesus showed his power over evil and demonic forces that that had

possession of human beings. In the table there are 6 case listed.

D. Over death The three case are:

1. Matthew 9:18-26 the daughter of Jairus

2. Luke 7:11-15 the son of a widow

3. John 11:1-14 the raising of Lazarus

 

E. The following are suggestions for determining if a "miracle" as seen or claimed today from God. It

must be remembered that at times those serving powers other than God can perform miracles. See

Deuteronomy 13:1-3; 2 Thess. 2:9.

1. A miracle should be in accordance with God's character as revealed in the Bible.

2. A miracle should be in agreement with the spiritual truths established in the Bible.

3. A miracle should have been witnessed by reliable people; witnesses of good character and

reputation.

 

The Miracles of Jesus

 

Healing

Matthew

Mark

Luke

John

The Man with Leprosy

8:2-4

1:40-42

5:12-13

 

The Centurion's Servant

8:5-13

 

7:1-10

 

Peter's Mother-in-Law

8:14-15

1:30-31

4:38-39

 

A Paralytic

9:2-7

2:3-12

5:18-25

 

The Woman with the Hemorrhage

9:20-22

5:25-29

8:43-48

 

The Two Blind Men

9:27-31

 

 

 

The Man with the Withered Hand

12:10-13

3:1-5

6:6-10

 

Two More Blind Men

20:29-34

10:46-52

18:35-43

 

The Deaf Mute

 

7:31-37

 

 

The Blind Man Near Bethsaida

 

8:22-26

 

 

The Woman with the Infirmity

 

 

13:11-13

 

The Man with Dropsy

 

 

14:1-4

 

The Ten Lepers

 

 

17:11-19

 

The Slave of the High Priest

 

 

22:50-51

 

The Official's Son

 

 

 

4:46-54

The Man at the Pool of Bethesda

 

 

 

5:1-9

The Man Born Blind

 

 

 

9:1-7

 

 

The Miracles of Jesus

 

Power over the Forces of Nature

Matthew

Mark

Luke

John

The Storm Stilled

8:23-27

4:37-41

8:22-25

 

Jesus Walks on the Sea

14:25

6:48-51

 

 

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

14:15-21

6:35-44

9:12-17

 

Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand

15:32-38

8:1-9

 

 

The Money in the Fish's Mouth

17:24-27

 

 

 

The Barren Fig Tree

21:18-22

11:12-25

 

 

The Miraculous Catch of Fish

 

 

5:4-11

 

The Water Made Into Wine

 

 

 

2:1-11

Another Miraculous Catch of Fish

 

 

 

21:1-11

 

 

The Miracles of Jesus

 

Over Satan and Demons

Matthew

Mark

Luke

John

The Demoniacs of the Gadarenes

8:28-34

5:1-15

8:27-35

 

The Mute Demoniac

9:32-33

 

 

 

The Blind and Mute Demoniac

12:22

 

11:14

 

The Canaanite Woman's Daughter

15:21-28

7:24-30

 

 

The Demon-Possessed Boy

17:14-18

9:17-29

9:38-43

 

The Man with the Unclean Spirit

 

1:23-26

4:33-35

 

Over Death

Mathew

Mark

Luke

John

Jairus' Daughter

9:19-19;

23-25

5:22-24

38-42

8:41-42

49-56

 

The Widow of Nain's Son

 

 

7:11-15

 

Lazarus

 

 

 

11:1-44

 

 

Lesson 3 Questions

The Miracles of Jesus

 

 

1. What is a miracle?

 

2. What are some other words used in the Bible that mean "miracle"?

 

3. There are at least 2 reasons why Jesus did miracles. What are they?

 

4. Jesus showed his power (authority) in four different areas by performing miracles. Write what these areas

are and a passage from the Bible that shows his power in each area.

 

5. True or False

 

a.______All the things that are called "miracles" today are from God.

b.______Jesus performed many miracles only as a show; just to attract attention.

c.______Jesus raised many people from the dead.

d.______A miracle from God is very common today.

e.______One reason that Jesus performed miracles was because of his compassion.

 

6. What are some ways of judging if a "miracle" is from God?

 

 

Application

 

1. How can we show the same kind compassion in today's world that Jesus showed?

 

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