The miracles of Jesus show God’s love for a broken world
Jesus Christ performed thousands of miracles, to show us that God is real, God loves us and God wants to heal and restore us to abundant life. Jesus didn’t only heal a few sick people, the Bible says many times that ALL who came to Him were healed. Huge multitudes of people came to Him, not only from Israel but also from surrounding nations and they brought all their sick to Jesus Christ to be healed. The Gospel of Matthew says several times that ALL were healed – not a lucky few.
‘They brought to him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and he healed them.’ (Matthew 4:24)
‘The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.’ (Matthew 21:14)
‘Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.’ (Matthew 15:30)
‘A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill.’ (Matthew 12:15)
Besides healing the sick Jesus Christ did many more miracles, like turning huge amounts of water into the best possible wine, walking over water during a storm at night, raising several people from the dead (some had been dead for several days), multiplying a small amount of food into an abundance for many thousands of very hunggry people, and so on.
The gospels record at least 37 detailed miracles of Jesus.
However the apostel John shocks us by saying that the world would be too small, if they had tried to record all Jesus Christ had said and done. So what has been written down is only a small portion of the miracles Jesus did. He has done far more…
“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” (John 21:25)
This shows us how absolutely amazing Jesus Christ really is.
He is so much more than all we can imagine. He came as a bright light in the deep darkness of this world and touched tens of thousands of people with the lifesaving power of the Holy Spirit. He didn’t need the internet and social media to gather a crowd: the miracles of Jesus were so extremely powerful and so amazingly abudant that the news spread like wildfire, all throught the land and far abroad.
Here you find a list with the specifically recorded miracles of Jesus in the New Testament.
Read through the specific passages and discover how breathtakingly awesome Jesus Christ is. And please remember that the Bible was never written to show us only what God has done in the past. The Bible was written so show us who God is and what He wants to do in every generation, everywhere on earth. The Biblical record is an example for us, to encourage us to reach out to this incredible God who is so passionately active in our world, to bring is healing, salvation and restoration to all who truly seek Him.
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The Miracles of Jesus
|1||Jesus Turns Water into Wine||2:1-11|
|2||Jesus Heals an Official’s Son||4:43-54|
|3||Jesus Drives Out an Evil Spirit||1:21-27||4:31-36|
|4||Jesus Heals Peter’s Mother-in-Law||8:14-15||1:29-31||4:38-39|
|5||Jesus Heals Many Sick at Evening||8:16-17||1:32-34||4:40-41|
|6||First Miraculous Catch of Fish||5:1-11|
|7||Jesus Cleanses a Man With Leprosy||8:1-4||1:40-45||5:12-14|
|8||Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant||8:5-13||7:1-10|
|9||Jesus Heals a Paralytic||9:1-8||2:1-12||5:17-26|
|10||Jesus Heals a Man’s Withered Hand||12:9-14||3:1-6||6:6-11|
|11||Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son in Nain||7:11-17|
|12||Jesus Calms a Storm||8:23-27||4:35-41||8:22-25|
|13||Jesus Casts Demons into a Herd of Pigs||8:28-33||5:1-20||8:26-39|
|14||Jesus Heals a Woman in the Crowd||9:20-22||5:25-34||8:42-48|
|15||Jesus Raises Jairus’ Daughter to Life||9:18,
|16||Jesus Heals Two Blind Men||9:27-31|
|17||Jesus Heals a Man Unable to Speak||9:32-34|
|18||Jesus Heals an Invalid at Bethesda||5:1-15|
|19||Jesus Feeds 5,000||14:13-21||6:30-44||9:10-17||6:1-15|
|20||Jesus Walks on Water||14:22-33||6:45-52||6:16-21|
|21||Jesus Heals Many Sick in Gennesaret||14:34-36||6:53-56|
|22||Jesus Heals a Gentile Woman’s Demon-Possessed Daughter||15:21-28||7:24-30|
|23||Jesus Heals a Deaf and Dumb Man||7:31-37|
|24||Jesus Feeds 4,000||15:32-39||8:1-13|
|25||Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida||8:22-26|
|26||Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind||9:1-12|
|27||Jesus Heals a Boy with a Demon||17:14-20||9:14-29||9:37-43|
|28||Miraculous Temple Tax in a Fish’s Mouth||17:24-27|
|29||Jesus Heals a Blind, Mute Demoniac||12:22-23||11:14-23|
|30||Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman||13:10-17|
|31||Jesus Heals a Man With Dropsy on the Sabbath||14:1-6|
|32||Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers||17:11-19|
|33||Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead||11:1-45|
|34||Jesus Restores Sight to Bartimaeus||20:29-34||10:46-52||18:35-43|
|35||Jesus Withers the Fig Tree||21:18:22||11:12-14|
|36||Jesus Heals a Servant’s Severed Ear||22:50-51|
|37||Second Miraculous Catch of Fish||21:4-11|
The miracles of Jesus are an example
Jesus didn’t only perform miracles to show that He is God, but also to give us an example. He healed the sick, in order to break the chain of suffering over people’s lives and bring the abundant life to them. His mission to bring healing and restoration to mankind continues today! He gave the clear instruction to all who believe in Him, to heal the sick, cast out demons and raise the dead:
“Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.” (Luke 10:9)
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12)
“As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21)
Miracles are the hallmark of a true servant of Jesus Christ, who has been appointed and sent by Him and not by men.
That’s why the apostel Paul said that he was a true apostel, because the Lord did miracles through him:
“I persevered in demonstrating among you the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders and miracles.” (2 Corinthians 12:12)
Of course there are also false signs and wonders and Jesus warned us for the wolves in sheeps clothing. But… this doesn’t mean that all signs, wonders and miracles are from the devil – on the contrary.
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Miracles show Jesus in action
Sometimes people say: “we should not be focussed on miracles but on God”. Although that is true, this is often used as an excuse to shut the power of God down and put christians in a box of intellectual christianity, without the miracles of Jesus. The truth is that miracles glorify God and show GOD’S LOVE IN ACTION. If we only have words about God, we are no different from any other religion or philosophy. It are the miracles of Jesus, performed through His Body, that show that we are truly speaking God’s words. God confirms His word through miracles.
“speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders.” (Acts 14:3)
“Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” (Acts 4:30)
The apostel Paus says that the working of the power of God, is far more important that a wonderful intellectual sermon. This is one of the most confronting truths for the western church, where most of us rely on an intellectualism instead of a truly supernatural faith grounded in the reality of God who works in us and among us.
“My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” (1 Corinthians 2:4)
The miracles of Jesus are far more than a historic account of what God has done in the past.
They show us who Jesus Christ is and what He wants to do today as well. He has not changed. Our christianity has become weak, humanistic, natural instead of supernatural, carnal and theoretical. But Jesus Christ is still the same and He wants to restore the working of the miraculous in His Body, so the world will see in us and through us that we truly serve a LIVING GOD, who is real, powerful and full of love for the broken world.
The Holy Spirit does miracles
The key to experience the miracles of Jesus today is living in submission to the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ said He could do not one miracle, without the Spirit of God. The apostle Pauls said he operated in the power of the Spirit. Every person in the Bible who was used by God in a mighty way, was a vessel of the Holy Spirit: Moses, Elijah, David, Gideon, etc. They all had a powerful encounter with the Spirit of God and began to live under His guidance.
I encourage you to surrender your heart and your life, again and again, to the Spirit of God. Read more about the Holy Spirit here.
Many christians have been taught that miracles don’t occur anymore, since we have the Bible. But it is the Bible that teaches us clearly that God still does miracles in our midst, for example through the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
‘…to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.’ (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)
For more information on these wonderful gifts, read the article about the gifts of the Holy Spirit.