The Miracles of Jesus, Part 2
MORE ACCOUNTS OF THE MIRACLES OF JESUS We continue our look into the miracles of Jesus here in Part Two. If you missed Part One, go ahead and check it out. Walking On Water After feeding the 5,000
MORE ACCOUNTS OF THE MIRACLES OF JESUS
We continue our look into the miracles of Jesus here in Part Two. If you missed Part One, go ahead and check it out.
Walking On Water
After feeding the 5,000 people, Jesus sent his disciples by boat across to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. He stayed behind to send the crowd home, and then to go up into the mountains so that he could be alone and pray.
When he finally finished praying, he went to the disciple’s ship, walking on the water. The wind was high and the waves were beating against the boat and when the disciples saw Him, they thought it was a ghost. However, Jesus told them not to be afraid, that it was Him.
Peter asked if it was really Him, to let him walk on the water as well. Jesus told him to do so, but in a very short time, Peter’s focus shifted from Jesus to the waves instead. In his fear, he sank below the waves, but Jesus caught him and pulled him back up, asking him why he doubted. You can read the entire story in Matthew 14:22-33, Mark 6:45-52, and John 6:16-21.
The Gennesaret Healings
After Jesus walked on the waters of the Sea of Galilee, He and His disciples dropped anchor on the shores of Gennesaret and went ashore. Of course, people recognized Him immediately and went to Him, bringing all of their sick to be healed. They even begged just to be allowed to touch the edges of His clothing, knowing that if they could only do so, they would surely be healed.
This miracle is mentioned in both Matthew 14:34-36 and Mark 6:53-56.
A Woman’s Demon Possessed Daughter
While passing through the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, a Cannanite woman followed behind Jesus, crying out for Him to save her daughter who was vexed by a devil. At first, Jesus didn’t respond, and His disciples told him to send her away.
Jesus finally said that he wasn’t sent to anyone other than the house of Israel, at which time she began to worship Him, asking again for His help. When Jesus then told her that children’s bread should not be cast to the dogs, she responded by saying that even dogs eat crumbs that fall from their Master’s table.
Jesus praised her faith and her daughter was healed at that very moment. Read the details to be found in Matthew 15:21-28 and Mark 7:24-30.
A Deaf Man That Could Not Speak
In Mark 7:31-37, we see Jesus leaving Tyre and Sidon, moving through the coasts of Decapolis towards the Sea of Galilee. Along the way, a man was brought to him who could not hear and had a speech impediment. Jesus took him aside from the thronging crowd and healed him of both ailments immediately.
Again, as at other times, He told them not to tell anyone about the healing. However, the more he told them to keep quiet, the more they spread the word, saying that he had done everything well.
Jesus Feed Over 4,000 People
While Jesus was in Galilee, many people gathered to where he was, bringing all their sick to him to be healed. And every one that was brought, he healed, without turning away a single one. When everyone had been healed, Jesus told His disciples he didn’t want to send them away hungry, knowing that they had already been without food for three days.
The disciples, however, wondered how they could get enough bread to feed everyone, seeing as how they were in a very remote area. Jesus asked how much they had, and they told him seven loaves and a few small fish.
So He told everyone to sit down, then he took the fish and bread, gave thanks for them, broke them into pieces and gave them to the disciples to pass out to the hungry crowd. Afterwards, there were seven baskets full of leftovers. This story can be found in Matthew 15:29-39 and Mark 8:1-10.
Healing a Blind Man In Bethsaida
After feeding the four thousand, Jesus and His disciples traveled to Bethsaida, where a man was brought to Him who was blind. The account is given in Mark 8:22-26. They wanted Him to touch the man and heal him. So Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the city.
Jesus spit on the man’s eyes, laid hands on him, and then asked what he saw. The man told Jesus that he saw men as if they were trees walking around. This showed that his vision was not completely restored, so Jesus put His hands on the man again, after which the man’s vision was made perfect. He sent the man away, telling him not to tell anyone what was done.
The Healing of a Man Blind From Birth
In John 9:1-41, we find the detailed account of a beggar who had been blind since birth. As soon as they saw him, the disciples asked Jesus, which of his parents had sinned to cause him to born that way. Jesus told them neither of his parents had sinned. The man had been born that way so that the works of God would be made manifest in him.
After speaking to the disciples, Jesus spat on the ground and made a clay that he then placed on the man’s eyes. Then He told him to go and wash in the pool of Siloam. As soon as the man did so, he received his sight at that moment.
To read the full account, including his being brought before the Pharisees, be sure to check out this account in your Bible.
Healing A Boy With Seizures
Jesus and His disciples approach another crowd, from which a man comes near to worship Jesus. He tells Jesus that his son is a lunatic and that sometimes he falls into the fire, and other times he falls into the water. He went on to tell Jesus that he had brought his son to Jesus’ disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.
Jesus called out the generation as faithless and perverse and asked how long He would have to put up with it. Then he called for the boy to be brought to Him. As soon as He rebuked the devil, it departed out of him and the child was immediately healed.
Of course, the disciples wanted to know why they had not been able to cast the devil out of the boy. Jesus explained that it was because of their unbelief, and that this type only came out by both prayer and fasting. Read the account for yourself in Matthew 17:14-20, mark 9:17-29, and Luke 9:37-43.
A Miracle Pays Taxes
While in Capernaum, Peter is approached by a tax collector, and asked whether or not his Master pays tribute. Peter says yes, and then goes into the house where Jesus is. Jesus speaks to him about who it is that actually pays tribute, but then tells Peter they shouldn’t offend them.
He instructs Peter to go fishing. Casting a hook into the sea, he was to take the first fish he caught, open its mouth, and take the coin he found there to pay taxes for the both of them. You can read along in Matthew 17:24-27.
The Blind, Mute and Demon Possessed Man
In both Matthew 12:22-23, and Luke 11:14, we read of a particular man who was brought to Jesus to be healed. This man had been blind and mute and was also possessed by a demon. Jesus healed him right away so that he could talk as well as see.
Upon seeing this miracle, in their astonishment, people began to ask among themselves whether or not this was the Son of David. They were referencing the Messiah that God had promised to the prophets in the Old Testament, who would be a descendant of David, who was King in those days.
The Healing of a Crippled Woman
While teaching in the synagogue on the Sabbath, Jesus happened to see a woman who had been crippled for eighteen years, so much so that she was bowed over and could not straighten up. He called her over, laid His hands on her and loosed her from her infirmity.
As soon as the synagogue rulers saw it, they were indignant and shouted that there were six days in which men could work, and that people should not come for healing on the Sabbath. Jesus rebuked them, calling them hypocrites. He said any one of them would have led their work animals to a drink of water. Why not heal one of Abraham’s own daughters that had been bound for so long?
After the rebuking, the people were ashamed, and others praised God for the glorious works being done. You can read the account in Luke 13:10-13.
A Man Suffering From Dropsy
In Luke 14:1-6, we find the account of Jesus’ visit to the house of a Pharisee on the Sabbath, where he was to eat bread with them. However, he was being watched. Knowing this, when there came a man that had the dropsy, he asked the Pharisees and the lawyers whether it was lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not.
Everyone kept silent, so Jesus went on to heal the man. Then he went on to ask them, which one of them would leave their ox in a pit if it had fallen in? Wouldn’t they stop and immediately pull it out, even on the Sabbath? But they still couldn’t answer Him.
Healing Ten Lepers
On his way to Jerusalem, Jesus happened to go through the middle of Samaria and Galilee. In one of the villages, ten men stood far off, crying out to Him, that He would have mercy on them. When He saw them, He told them to go and show themselves to the priest.
The men did exactly as Jesus had told them to do, but while they were yet on their way, they were made completely clean. Upon seeing this, one of the ten turned back, cast himself down at Jesus feet and thanked him, glorifying God. Jesus mentioned that there were ten cleansed, yet only one had returned to give God all the glory. He sent the man on his way then, telling him that his faith had made him whole.
You can find this miracle in Luke 17:11-19.
The Resurrection of Lazarus
Lazarus was Mary and Martha’s brother, and a friend of Jesus. He was told prior to Lazarus’s death that he was sick, but Jesus said the sickness wasn’t going to kill him, but bring God glory instead. In fact, he stayed another two days where he was before even starting on his way to Lazarus, Mary and Martha.
As soon as Martha heard that Jesus was on His way, she ran ahead to meet him, while Mary, her sister, stayed in the house. Martha told Jesus she knew that if He had been there, Lazarus wouldn’t have died. Then she went back and secretly got Mary to come back with her. When they began to take Him to the tomb of Lazarus, Jesus cried, but told them to roll the stone away from the door.
Even though people didn’t want to, for fear that his body had begun to smell after four days, they did it anyway. Jesus called for to Lazarus who appeared at the door of the tomb, still wrapped in linen, which Jesus told them to loose him from. You can read the entire account in John 11:1-44.
Blind Bartimaeus Healed
In Matthew 20-29-34, Mark 10:46-52, and Luke 18:35-43, we read the story of Blind Bartimaeus. He was well known, as he always sat by the highway, begging. When he heard that Jesus was near, he began to cry out for Him to have mercy on him. People told him to hush, but he only cried out louder and louder.
Finally, hearing Bartimaeus calling, Jesus stopped and called him over. When he finally got to Jesus, Jesus asked what he wanted Him to do, and Bartimaeus said he wanted to see. So Jesus told him to go, that his faith had made him whole. And he received his sight at that very moment, and continued to follow Jesus.
A Useless Fig Tree
On their way back from Bethany, Jesus became hungry. Seeing a fig tree off in the distance, he walked towards it, in hopes that there might be some figs there to eat. However, since the time of figs was not, there was no fruit. Jesus then said, “No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever.” His disciples had heard him say it.
On their way back through the same area, Peter found that the fig tree had withered and dried all the way to the roots. He called Jesus attention to it, but Jesus only told him to have faith in God. He told him that whoever said to the mountains, be removed, and did not doubt it would be so, it would happen. You can read more about this miracle in Matthew 21:18-22 and Mark 11:12-14, 20-25.
Healing A Severed Ear
In Luke 22:45-54, we find this account that isn’t often spoken of. On the night Judas betrayed Jesus, he went to the garden to pray. His disciples went with him, but fell asleep while He prayed. When Jesus found them sleeping, he asked why they did so, and told them to pray so they wouldn’t enter into temptation.
It was at that time Judas arrived and showed the guards which one was Jesus. However, one of His disciples drew a sword and cut of the ear of the high priest. We find out by reading John 18:1-14, that it was actually Peter who had done this. Jesus touched the priest’s ear, however, and healed him, and they went on the arrest him as the disciples scattered.
Jesus’ Resurrection From The Dead
We read of the resurrection of Jesus in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20 and 1 Corinthians 15. The resurrection followed his crucifixion, death and burial in a borrowed tomb. Three days later, God brought life back into Jesus’ body, and He came forth from the tomb.
In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul takes time to explain some important things about this resurrection. First, that Jesus died for our sins (verse 3), and that our faith would mean nothing had Jesus not been resurrected (verse 17). Paul’s encounter happened after Jesus had been resurrected and he traveled in excess of ten thousand miles, by both sea and land, in order to spread the good news about Jesus.
The Miracle of 153 Fish
After Jesus resurrection, he stood on a shoreline, but the disciples didn’t recognize Him. He called out to them, asking if they had any fish, but they said they did not. Jesus then proceeds to tell them to cast out on the right side of the boat with their net. When they did, they couldn’t even drag the net in because of the large amount of fish in it.
It was at that time that John told Peter it was Jesus, after which Peter jumped into the water. The rest of the disciples brought in the boat along with the net full of fish, which wasn’t even torn. Arriving on the shore, they saw that there was a fire with some bread ready and Jesus asked them to bring some of the fish they had caught. You can read the full account in John 21:4-11.
Jesus Ascends Into Heaven
Jesus remained on earth for forty days after his resurrection, still teaching His disciples. The most detailed account of His ascension is recorded in Acts 1:1-11. He told them not to leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit. They asked if this would be when the Kingdom would be restored, but He told them it was not for them to know the times of these things. Then He said they were to be His witnesses, even to the ends of the earth.
After saying these things, He was taken up in a cloud as they stood looking up. Two angels stood by asking why the continued to look up, and told them that he would come back in the same way that He had gone to Heaven.
Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
But to Your name be the glory
Because of Your love and your faithfulness!