“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him…” – John 3:17
“Jesus expressed His compassion and proved His authority with miracles. He was reported to have calmed storms and walked on the sea. On two occasions, He took just a few loaves of bread and a handful of fish and multiplied them to feed thousands of people. Jesus gave sight to the blind, caused the lame to walk, and healed people of horrible diseases. He cast demons out of people, and He even raised people from the dead. For thirty years, Jesus had lived in obscurity. But now, He was demonstrating His power over the physical and the spiritual world, over life and death.” – The HOPE, Chapter 9
In the Bible, there are four words (two Hebrew and two Greek) that are translated as the word “miracle.” In each case, these words describe an intervention by God in which the ordinary course of nature is overruled, suspended, or modified.
The Bible records 35 miracles performed by Jesus during His three years of public ministry. These miracles range from walking on water to raising people from the dead. A primary purpose (if not the primary purpose) of the miracles recorded in the Bible was as a sign that confirmed the presence or revelation of God. This is true of the miracles of God in the Old Testament as well as the miracles of Jesus. The miracles of Exodus 7–11 confirmed that Moses was speaking for God. In the New Testament, Jesus said that His miracles proved who He was and that God the Father sent Him (John 5:36). Jesus performed miracles so that people might believe He was who He said He was.
In his miracles Jesus demonstrated his power over all of creation (spiritual and physical) as well as his fulfillment of the Isaiah 61 prophecy which he read in the synagogue (61:1-2 and Luke 4:16-20). He was indeed a powerful prophet of God, the Ultimate Prophet that God foretold in Deuteronomy 18:15,
“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.”
BIG IDEA: Jesus is a powerful prophet.
MEDITATING ON THE WORD:
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.’” – John 14:6-7
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him,” – John 3:17
Thank God for sending Jesus as the greatest Prophet, powerful over all creation, who proved He is God himself.
- Read Isaiah 61:1-2 and Luke 4:16-20. Why do you think Jesus stopped reading the passage in Isaiah where he did?
- How did Jesus demonstrate his power?
- Why did Jesus demonstrate his power?
LIVE IT OUT!
- Think of some ways that your actions can show that God’s love is truly in you. Now do them!
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