The Miracles of Jesus, Part 1
JESUS DID MANY MIRACLES Everyone knows that Jesus was a miracle worker. In fact, there’s hardly a time when Jesus is mentioned that some of the miracles He did are not mentioned. Some of the better
JESUS DID MANY MIRACLES
Everyone knows that Jesus was a miracle worker. In fact, there’s hardly a time when Jesus is mentioned that some of the miracles He did are not mentioned. Some of the better known miracles include the turning of water into wine, His many healings, and the time He fed thousands with just a few fish and loaves of bread.
Today, we’re going to take a look at each and every miracle of Jesus. The ones that are well known and the ones that aren’t. If you have time, follow along in your Bible to see how they played out.
The Miracle Birth
While this isn’t something that Jesus did, it is the first miracle of His life, and that is His virgin birth. Recorded in Matthew 1:18-25, and also in Luke 1:26-38, we see the promise of a Messiah, which was made to the prophets in the Old Testament, is finally fulfilled.
God became flesh to live and teach about the plan of salvation, and to be the once and for all sacrifice for our sins. Because of His miraculous virgin birth, we often see Him referred to as both the Son of God as well as the Son of Man.
Water Turned To Wine
Not long before Jesus began preaching, he, his mother, and some of the disciples with him, went to a wedding that was being held in Cana. The city is located in Galilee, not far from Nazareth where Jesus was raised.
This was Jesus’ very first miracle. During the banquet, the guests ran out of wine. So Jesus took some nearby water barrels and turned the water into wine. And not just any wine, as the banquet Master remarked that the best was usually saved until later. You can read the whole story in John 2:1-11.
Healing of the Nobleman’s Son
Still in Cana, Jesus is approached by a nobleman, or a ruler, who had a son in Capernaum who was sick and near death. He asked Jesus to come and heal the boy, and Jesus said that people want to see signs and wonders before they believe.
The man asks again if Jesus will come and heal him, but Jesus tells him to go on, that his son is healed. So, in faith believing, the man goes on his way to find his son made whole. The story can be found in John 4:46-54.
Healing a Demon Possessed Man
In Mark 1:21-28, and Luke 4:33-37, we see Jesus in Capernaum, preaching and teaching in the synagogue. It is mentioned that people were astonished that he could teach, not like one of the scribes, but rather as one who had authority.
As it was, there was a member of this synagogue with an evil spirit, and that spirit began to shout at Jesus to leave them alone. But Jesus told the spirit to hold its peace and come out, which it did, after shaking the man. Again, there was astonishment in the crowd that Jesus had authority over these spirits. It’s also interesting that they seem to have known, all along, that the man was vexed to begin with.
Simon Peter’s Mother-in-Law Healed
Right after leaving the synagogue where Jesus had healed the man possessed of a demon, they went to Simon Peter’s home. Once there, he was quickly told that Simon Peter’s mother-in-law was sick with a fever and was lying down.
Jesus went to her immediately. Some verses say he simply took her by the hand and lifted her up, another says he stood over her and rebuked the fever. We can assume that the rebuking was done, whether it was mentioned or not. You can read the accounts for yourself in Matthew 8:14-15, Mark 1:29-31, and Luke 4:38-39.
An Evening of Healing
Later that night as the sun was setting, after He had healed Simon Peter’s mother-in-law, people began to bring the sick and demon-possessed to Jesus. You can read the short account of these miracles, in Matthew 8:16, Mark 1:32, and Luke 4:40.
It tells us in one verse that Jesus laid hands on each and every one of them, and healed them all. There was never anyone that came to Him needing healing that was turned away.
A Big Catch of Fish
As Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, people began to beg him to tell them the Word of God. Jesus walked along and finally came to Peter’s ship, which he boarded, asking Peter to take him a little ways into the lake. Peter did, and Jesus began to preach from the boat.
After finishing his teaching, he told Peter to go out further and cast out his nets again. Peter told Jesus that they had already worked all night without catching a thing, but he agreed to do as Jesus had said.
As soon as the threw out the nets, they caught so many fish that their net was broken and they had to call their partners over to help them. Even with the aid of a second ship, the huge number of fish began to sink both ships. Peter knelt to worship Jesus, admitting his sin, but Jesus told him that he would catch men from now on. Read about it in Luke 5:3-10.
Leprosy was no laughing matter. The skin disease was so awful that people were quarantined and often cast out into barren places to die alone, so that they wouldn’t infect anyone else. However, in Matthew 8:1-4, Mark 1:40-45, and Luke 5:12-15, we see how Jesus reacted to the man with leprosy.
The leper fell down to worship Jesus, saying he knew that Jesus could make him clean if He would. Jesus was moved with compassion, as he often was, and healed him right away. He went on, though, to tell the man not to tell anyone what happened, but rather go to the priest and offer the sacrifices, which were commanded by Moses.
A Centurion Asks Jesus To Heal His Servant
Jesus was yet again in Capernaum when a centurion came to Him, asking Him to heal his servant who was at home, sick and paralyzed. You can find the two accounts of this in Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10.
Jesus immediately offered to go with the centurion to his home, but the centurion said no, because he was unworthy. He said that he knew what it was like to have people under his command, and he knew that all Jesus had to do was say the word, and his servant would be healed. Jesus said that surely there was no faith so great as this, and healed the servant from that very moment.
Getting A Paralyzed Man To Jesus
While in a house in Capernaum, the news got out that He was there. Because of this, the crowds gathered in so tightly that there was no more room inside the house and no one could come through the doors.
However, there was a man who was paralyzed who had four friends who would stop at nothing to get him to Jesus. In fact, they climbed up on the roof and tore it apart so that they could let their friend down to Jesus.
Jesus, aware of the faith of these friends, immediately forgave the man his sins. Then, after a brief bout of speaking to the scribes who accused him of blasphemy, he told the man to get up, take up his bed and go to his house. And that’s exactly what the man did. You can read about it for yourself in Matthew 9:1-8, Mark 2:1-12, and Luke 5:18-26.
A Withered Hand Made Whole
While in the synagogue on the Sabbath, Jesus looked and saw a man whose hand was withered up. He knew that the Scribes and Pharisees were watching to see if he would do this work on the Sabbath. If he did, they could accuse him of wrongdoing, since no “work” was to be done on the Sabbath.
Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked if it was lawful to do good on the Sabbath. No one spoke, however, and their hardened hearts made Jesus angry. So he told the man to stretch forth his hand and healed him on the spot. After this, they began to look for ways in which they could kill Jesus. You’ll find this account in Matthew 12:9-14, Mark 3:1-6, and Luke 6:6-10.
A Widow’s Son Raised From The Dead
Coming into the city of Nain, Jesus was with his disciples and a great many people followed them. In Luke 7:11-15, we can see that as they neared the gate, they came upon the funeral procession for a widow’s only son.
Again, we find Jesus moved with compassion. The first thing he did was go to the mother and tell her not to cry. Then he moved towards the dead and as he touched the coffin, he spoke directly to the young man, telling him to rise. When he did so, and began speaking, he was given back to his mother.
Jesus Calms The Stormy Sea
While sailing across a lake to the other side, Jesus falls asleep in the lower part of the ship. During the voyage, a great storm comes up, with waves so treacherous they filled the ship.
Fearing for their lives, the disciples went down to wake Jesus, asking him if he cared whether or not they perished. Jesus rose, called the wind and waves and rebuked them for their lack of faith. You can read about it in Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, and Luke 8:22-25.
The Demon Possessed Gerasene
After getting off the ship after the raging storm, Jesus came upon a demon possessed man. He was wild and could not even be bound with chains and stayed among the tombs in the mountains where he would cry and cut himself with stones.
This is one of the only times when Jesus asked for the demons name. This one’s name was Legion, and he cast them out into a herd of swine. Being filled with the evil spirits, the pigs ran off a cliff, killing themselves in the sea, and that man was made whole. Read the entire account in Matthew 8:28-32, Mark 5:1-13, and Luke 8:26-33.
The Hem of His Garment
As Jesus walked through a very dense crowd, there was also among the crowd a woman who had had an issue of blood for twelve years. The Bible says she suffered many things by doctors, spent all her money acquiring their help, but only got worse as a result.
This woman saw Jesus and knew that if she were even able to touch his clothes, she would be made well, so she pressed in close enough to do so. When she touched Him, she immediately knew that she was healed, and Jesus, knowing that someone had touched him, turned and saw her. You can read about it in Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-34, and Luke 8:43-48.
Jairus’ Daughter Raised From The Dead
Jairus was a synagogue ruler who fell at Jesus’ feet in worship when he saw Him. He told Jesus that his daughter was at home, so sick that she was dying, and begged Jesus to come and put His hands on her and heal her.
It was during their walk to Jairus’ home that they encountered the woman with the issue of blood. As soon as He was finished speaking to the woman, word came that Jairus’ daughter was already dead. But Jesus told him to fear not, and believe, after which the girl lived. That story can be found in Matthew 9:18-19, 23-25; Mark 5:22-24, 35-43 and Luke 8:41-42, 49-56.
Two Blind Men
Matthew 9:27-31 tell the story of two men who followed Jesus, crying out for Him to have mercy on them. He went into a house, which they followed Him into, and He asked if they believed he could heal them.
They said they did believe and were healed immediately. Jesus told them to go, but not to say anything about it to anyone. However, they told everyone how Jesus had healed them.
A Demon Possessed Mute Man
Right after telling about how Jesus had healed the two blind men, Matthew records in 9:32-33, that a certain man was brought to Jesus. This man could not talk and was possessed by a demon, which was then driven out of the man. People were astonished saying nothing like it had ever before been seen in all of Israel.
Healing At the Pool of Bethesda
Jesus had traveled to Jerusalem to take part in a great Jewish feast. In the city, near a sheep market, is a pool called Bethesda, that had five porches around it. All kinds of sick people lay on those porches because, at a certain time, an angel would come down and trouble the waters.
When the waters were troubled, whoever stepped into the pool first was healed of anything that ailed them. However, Jesus came upon a man who had been crippled for thirty-eight years. When Jesus asked him if he wanted to be made whole, the man explained that he had never had anyone to help him into the water, and someone else always got there first.
After hearing the entire story, Jesus simply told him to get up, pick up his bed, and walk, which he did. You can read the rest of the story in John 5:1-17.
More Than 5,000 People Fed
You’ll find this story in each gospel: Matthew 14:16-21, Mark 6:35-44, Luke 9:12-17, and John 6:5-14.
Jesus saw the immense crowd of people and asked Philip how they would buy enough food to feed them all. Philip responded that it would take about six months wages to by that much. But Jesus already knew what he had in mind.
He told them to have the people sit, then he took five small loaves of bread and two fish from a boy there, blessed them and passed them out to the people. After they had eaten their fill, Jesus then instructed His disciples to gather up all that was left, so that there would be nothing wasted.
Twelve baskets of leftovers remained and people knew that they were in the presence of God.
Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
But to Your name be the glory
Because of Your love and your faithfulness!