THE REAL PURPOSE OF JESUS MIRACLES




           They were usually wrought by the act of Jesus’ will, or by his word; sometimes by his touch, or the laying on of his hands. Occasionally he used saliva.
           Jesus’ miracles imply an exercise of creative power. They accord with his miraculous origin, sinless nature, and moral perfection. They were a part of God’s way of authenticating Jesus’ mission. Jesus said that if he had not done works that no other ever did, they would not have had sin, thus indicating that he regarded his miracles as proofs that he was from God. Then, too, his miracles were the natural expression of his sympathy for suffering humanity.
           Aside from supernatural manifestations, such as the angelic announcements , the virgin birth, the star that guided the wise-men, Jesus passing through hostile mobs, cleansing the temple, his transfiguration, the soldiers falling, the darkness at the crucifixion, the veil rent, the tombs opened, the earthquake, Jesus’ resurrection, angel appearances, etc., there are recorded 35 miracles which Jesus wrought.
                                                    17 BODILY CURES:
[1] Nobleman’s son healed, John4:46-56, Capernaum.
[2] Infirm man healed, John5:1-9, Jerusalem.
[3] Peter’s mother-in-law, Matthew 8:14-17, Mark 1:29-31, Luke 4:38, 39, Capernaum.
[4] A leper, Matthew 8:2-4, Mark 1:40-45, Luke 5:12-15
[5] A paralytic, Matthew 9:2-8, Mark 2:3-12, Luke 5:17-26
[6] Man with withered hand, Matthew 12:9-14, Mark 3:1-6, Luke 6:6-11
[7] Centurion’s servant, Matthew8:5-13, Luke 7:1-10
[8] Two blind men, Matthew 9:27-31.
[9] Deaf and dumb man healed, Mark 7:31-37.
[10] Blind man in Jerusalem, John 9
[11] Blind man at Bethsaida, Mark 8:22-26.
[12] Woman of 18 years infirmity, Luke 13:10-17.
[13] Woman with hemorrhage, Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-34, Luke 8:43-48.
[14] Man with dropsy, Luke 14:1-6.
[15] Ten lepers, Luke 17:11-19.
[16] Blind Bartimaeus, Matthew 20: 29-34, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43
[17] Malchus’ ear, Luke 22:50-51
                                        9 MIRACLES OVER THE FORCES OF NATURE:
 [1] Water turned to wine, John 2:1-11, Cana.
[2]Draught of fishes, Luke 5:1-11, near Capernaum
[3] Another draught of fishes, John 21:6.
[4] Tempest stilled, Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25.
[5] 5,000 fed, Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:34-44, Luke 9:11-17, John 6:1-14
[6] Jesus walked on the water, Matthew 14:22-33, Mark 6:45-52, John 6:19
[7] 4,000 fed, Matthew 15:32-39, Mark 8:1-9.
[8] Tax money, Matthew 17:24-27
[9] Fig tree withered, Matthew 21:18-22, Mark 11:12-14, 20-26.
                                             6 CURES OF DEMONIACS:
[1] A demoniac in the synagog, Mark 1:21-28, Luke 4:31-37, Capernaum.
[2] A blind and dumb demoniac, Matthew 12:22, Luke 11:14.
[3] Gerasene demoniacs, Matthew 8:28-34, Mark 5:1-20, Luke 8:26-39.
[4] A dumb demoniac, Matthew 9:32-34.
[5] The syro-phoenician’s daughter, Matthew 15:21-28, Mark 7:24-30
[6] The epileptic boy, Matthew 17:14-21, Mark 9:14-21, Luke 9:37-43
                                             3 RAISED FROM THE DEAD:
[1] Jairus’ daughter, in Capernaum, Matthew 9:18-26, Mark 5:22-43, Luke 8: 41-56.
[2] Widow’s son at Nain, Luke 7:11-15.
[3] Lazarus, at Bethany, John 11:1-44.