THE MIRACLES OF JESUS

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The catalogue of Jesus’ miracles was beyond what is recorded in the Bible. St. John indicates that there could be no enough books to contain what the Lord did while on earth. This means that the much we have is as good as those we cannot assess. However we are convinced of the miracles of Jesus. The miracles of Jesus are the supernatural deeds attributed to Jesus in Christian and Islamic texts. The majority are faith healing, exorcisms, resurrection of the dead and control over nature.
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The catalogue of Jesus’ miracles was beyond what is recorded in the Bible. St. John indicates that there could be no enough books to contain what the Lord did while on earth. This means that the much we have is as good as those we cannot assess. However we are convinced of the miracles of Jesus. The miracles of Jesus are the supernatural deeds attributed to Jesus in Christian and Islamic texts. The majority are faith healing, exorcisms, resurrection of the dead and control over nature.

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THE MIRACLES OF JESUS

Author: Dr. Ben, A.UMUDI

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TEXT: John 21:25 “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.”

Introduction

The catalogue of Jesus’ miracles was beyond what is recorded in the Bible. St. John indicates that there could be no enough books to contain what the Lord did while on earth. This means that the much we have is as good as those we cannot assess. However we are convinced of the miracles of Jesus.  The miracles of Jesus are the supernatural deeds attributed to Jesus in Christian and Islamic texts. The majority are faith healing, exorcisms, resurrection of the dead and control over nature.

What is a Miracle?

 A miracle is defined as a phenomenal or supernatural event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers, more often than not incapable of being explained by the laws of nature. God never operates contrary to His Word or to the laws of nature which He has established, but He has the prerogative to supersede them.

People had heard the stories of the God of miracles, and His awesome and astonishing power, but the miracles of Jesus elicited unique responses. “…they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, we never saw it on this fashion. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. …and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well.” (Mark 2:12, 5:42, 6:51, 7:37 KJV)

The Highest Miracles of Jesus

Research shows that there are Forty (40) miracles associated with Jesus. These range from His birth to His ascension. The implication is that His birth, death, resurrection and ascension are miraculous experiences caused by Him. This Easter season remind us of the tripartite miracles of Jesus which are far beyond any known miracles He performed. This is because these are miracles He performed for Himself for the benefit of the human race. His vicarious death, His bodily resurrection and His ascension are the tripartite miracles of Jesus.

The Miracle of His Death

His vicarious death was a miracle. The internal evidence supports the view that He initiated the process that led to His being killed. John 10: 17-18.  “Therefore does my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”

The text points to the fact that no human agent or satanic influence was responsible for death. Rather it was His initiative to do so.

This is a miracle because He has control over His death in that He could at will give it and at will take it back. There was a motivation for this miracle of Jesus. Every miracle performed by Jesus has its significance.

Significance of His Death

The Lord has something in mind for performing this miracle. Among other reasons it was His passion to shed His blood. In order words to perfect the exchange of His life for the dead condition of the souls of men.  Hebrews 9:22 “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”  His death is tantamount to the forgiveness of sin of the human race. The assess to God’s pardon for sin(s) in time past, at His death  and after His death was made possible by this sacrifice of His life symbolized by the shedding of His blood.

 Remission of sin

To remit is to forgive. Remission is a related word, and it means “forgiveness.” The “remission of sin,” then, is simply the “forgiveness” of sin. The phrase is used in eight places in the King James Version of the Bible.

Matthew 26:28, for example, says, “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Modern translations such as the English Standard Version render the phrase “for the forgiveness of sins.”

Luke has three examples of this phrase. Luke 1:77 says, “To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins.”

John the Baptist “came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins” (Luke 3:3)

 When Jesus appeared to His disciples after His resurrection, He said that “repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47).

In Acts, Peter tells a Roman named Cornelius that “whosoever believeth in [Christ] shall receive remission of sins” (Acts 10:43). Cornelius and those in his home did believe, and they received forgiveness in Christ.

God remits sin on the basis of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross (Romans 3:24-25). The teaching of Scripture is that remission only comes by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9).

The Lord Super

The Lord instituted a ceremony/ritual of communion to remind us of this miracle. He instructed us to do it every time as possible so that we can integrate the younger generation of the faithful to the benefit of His death. It was during the age-old celebration of the Passover on the eve of His death that Jesus instituted a significant new fellowship meal that we observe to this day. It is an integral part of Christian worship. It causes us to remember our Lord’s death and resurrection and to look for His glorious return in the future. This ceremony is in an Old Testament context.

 Christ the Passover Lamb

Exodus12: 1-3 “And the Lord spoke unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying,

2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:”

The lamb is a type of Christ the Lamb of God in the New Testament. It is the text that sets the stage for the miracle of Christ death.

The Passover was the most sacred feast of the Jewish religious year. It commemorated the final plague on Egypt when the firstborn of the Egyptians died and the Israelites were spared because of the blood of a lamb that was sprinkled on their doorposts. The lamb was then roasted and eaten with unleavened bread. God’s command was that throughout the generations to come the feast would be celebrated.

During the Last Supper—a Passover celebration—Jesus took a loaf of bread and gave thanks to God. As He broke it and gave it to His disciples, He said, “’This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you’” (Luke 22:19-21). He concluded the feast by singing a hymn (Matthew 26:30), and they went out into the night to the Mount of Olives. It was there that Jesus was betrayed, as predicted, by Judas. The following day He was crucified.

Another statement Paul made that is not included in the gospel accounts is “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26). This places a time limit on the ceremony—until our Lord’s return. From these brief accounts we learn how Jesus used two of the frailest of elements as symbols of His body and blood and initiated them to be a monument to His death. It was not a monument of carved marble or molded brass, but of bread and wine.

Consequently, the repeated ceremony becomes the most valuable means of imparting grace of God to believers. Therefore we must reverently come to the Lord’s Table with the understanding that His death means the remission of our sin. Through faith we get cleansed from all sin because of He shed His blood for us. Amen!

The Miracle of His Resurrection and Ascension

John 10: 17-18.  “Therefore does my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”

This text set the stage for further discussion on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He plainly made know to His disciples that it will be after three days of His death that He will raise again. The context of this saying is based on the confirmation of Christ as the Messiah where Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah. Mark 8:27-30. 27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” 28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” 30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

 It was this declaration of Peter by the gift of the word of knowledge that motivates the Lord to reveal the divine plan about His resurrection. Mark 8: 31. “And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again.”

The Fortune and Future of Christ

During this teaching session with the disciples He became prophetic about the fortune and future of His life. Two great historical events He saw coming to Him. These are His death and His resurrection. (A fortune is a chance or luck as an external, arbitrary force affecting human affairs). It was His fortune to die the death of the cross. Though He has wished this type of death should pass by Him but resigned from His will to allow the will of the Father to be done.

Luke 22:42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”  He was willing to die not for Himself but for the whole world. His death made it possible for the fallen race to have access to return to God. His death ushers a new era of the dispensation of grace which will culminate at His second coming.

Essential Christian Doctrines

There are four essential Christian doctrines that formed the pillar of Christianity. These are:

  1. The Virgin Birth of Christ
  2. The Vicarious Death of Christ
  3. The Resurrection/ Ascension of Christ.
  4. The Second Coming of Christ.

In addition to many other doctrines of the Christian faith, these four are the most fundamentals. It is the belief in these essential doctrines that gives our faith distinctiveness from other religious background.

The Resurrection of Christ

What is resurrection?

The term means “the action or fact of resurrecting or being resurrected.” It is to rise from the dead. His resurrection and ascension consists of the climax of His miracles because it fulfilled His promise to His disciples of “putting down His life and taking it back.”  The Biblical account of the resurrection indicated that it happen on the first day of the week.

Mark 16: 1-20

1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” 4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ ”8 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

The Significance of Christ Resurrection

The Christian faith is hinged on the fact of the bodily resurrection of Christ from the dead. Along many other pillars of our faith the resurrection is the most convincing historical fact that believing in Christ is worth the risk. The lesson is that believers shall share in this experience as one of the earnest expectation of the sons of God. This fact is acknowledged in Islam and many other world religions.

Conclusion

The proof of the Christian faith is shown in the empty grave where Christ was buried. The resurrection gives Christians the substance of their faith and their knowledge of this historical fact is sufficient reason for believing and gives further reason to evangelize others.


© Copyright 2017 Dr. BEN, A. UMUDI. All rights reserved.

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