The Miracles of Christ (Ps T L Mukumba) 26-June-2020
The Miracles of Christ (John 20:30 and 21:25)
A miracle is an extraordinary event, perceptible to the senses, not explainable, produced by God in accordance the scripture as a sign of the supernatural intervention and activity in human life. We can say it an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs. It is an event not ascribable to human power or the laws of nature and consequently attributed to a supernatural, especially divine involvement. Such an event may be attributed to a miracle worker, prayer, Christian, saint, or religious leader. A miracle is sometimes thought of as a perceptible interruption of the laws of nature. It is the occurrence of an amazing and improbable event, on scriptural basis caused by God. For example, someone recovers from a terminal illness when everyone thought death was certain, the recovery is an example of something that would be described as a miracle. It gives a miraculous escape from danger, turmoil, distress, pain, bandage or whatever you might think that is associated to depression, suppression and oppression.
The Gospels record a plenty of miracles that Jesus performed on earth. All the miracles He did were to glorify God, help others, and prove that He was indeed who He said He was—the Son of God. Whilst we have got many recorded miracle, some miracles which Christ performed in the presence of His disciple were not recorded as highlighted by (John 20:30 and 21:25), “Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book…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”. Mark recorded 23 miracles, Matthew 21 miracles, Luke 22 miracles and John 8 miracles. It particularly important to note that Matthew presents Jesus as King in all miracles that he recorded, since the gospel was primarily for Jews. The Jews were expecting and regarded Jesus as the son of David. Mark records more miracles than any other gospel to show that Jesus is the servant of the Lord because this gospel was primarily written for Romans. Romans did believe not in a lot words and talking, they believed in action and tangible results. The book of Luke also records and portrays Jesus as a son of man, perfect man without sin in most of the recorded miracle because this gospel was primarily written for Greeks (Gentiles). As a perfect man is often seen in prayer with angels ministering to Him. The gospel of portrays Jesus as the son of God in his miracles for purpose of leading people to Christ. This gospel illustrates and demonstrates relationship to God as God. Some of the miracles shows Christ’s intervention to Human problems, troubles, and anguish. About seven miracles were performed on Sabbath day (Mark 1:21-28; Mark 1:29-31; Mark 3:1-6; John 9:1-16; Luke 13:10-17; Luke 14:1-6; John 5:1-18) to show that Sabbath was not made to annoy humankind, to confine them, to impoverish them, but to enrich and bless them. Christ was showing us what is proper to do on Sabbath day. His conclusion in all His miracles was to show that it is proper to do good deeds that are really helpful to people on a Sabbath because that is what the Sabbath was made for. He showed that He is the Sabbath that was made for people. Most of the miracles was that Jesus performed shows His mercy and compassion towards man. The lame jumped from their stretchers and leap with joy; the blind opened their eyes and see their healer, people going through some problems and issues suddenly expresses happiness as painful diseases are healed when the compassionate and merciful God touches through Christ our Lord. Through compassion He fed the 5000 when his disciples were about send them away (Mathew 14:14-21 (Mark 6:30-44). Jesus and His disciples desperately needed rest (Mark 6:31) yet needs of the multitudes touched his heart. Though He wanted to rest and His disciple, Jesus was moved with compassion when he saw the needy multitudes (matt 9:36). We also see that Jesus was moved twice when he saw a hungry multitude without food (Matt 14:14 and Matt 15:32). There are many incidences when Jesus was moved with compassion. Matt 20:34 Jesus was moved with compassion to the two Blind men. Mark 1:41 Jesus was moved by compassion when he saw the Leper. His compassion was also stirred when he saw the sorrows of the widow at Nain in Luke 7:13. Jesus used this word ‘Compassion in 3 of his parables i.e. The Parable of the King that had compassion to his bankrupt servant (Matt 18:21-35), the parable Good Samaritan that (Luke 10:25-37) and the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:30). The miracle of feeding the five thousand is recorded in all four Gospels. This is not a made-up story, it happened. It a little imagination to picture the embarrassing plight of the disciples. Here were five thousand hungry people and they had nothing to feed them. They knew Jesus was powerful enough to meet the need, yet they did not turn to him for help. Without Jesus consent they considered the time; the place and their conclusion was nothing could be done to solve the problem. Their advice to the Lord was, “Send them away!” Jesus watched His frustrated disciples as they tried to solve the problem. He himself knew what he intended to do, hence He wanted teaching them lesson of solving life’s problems in faith and surrender. It is important to know that miracles are still happening. All we need is to give Jesus what you have and trust in him for His mercy and compassion in all situations. He is a merciful God. Paul says in (2 Corinthians 1:3) “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort” (Hebrews 11:6) “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”. They key word here is, “for he that cometh to God must believe that he is God”. Hebrews 1:1-3, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear”. We should have faith in the Lord to obtain miracles. The book Acts is got many miracles recorded through the apostles, even now nothing will stop Christ’s miracles if we are living a life of God as Christians. I believe we are an extension of Acts of the Apostles and the power and authority of Holy Spirit (Dunamis and Exousia) should continue manifesting through our lives in Jesus Christ name. We should walk the talk and talk the walk. Christ’s miracle should continue happening through His church Christ miracles were a proof of His mission from God. They showed that Jesus was the promised redeemer and King, the One we all need. Miracle were natural to Jesus Christ. Through His miracles Jesus inspired faith in many of those who saw and heard Him. Miracles are a still a proof for the present church of Jesus Christ to inspire many and cause a radical change in man lives and hardened hearts.