What conclusions have you reached about the miracles of Christ? Attempting to place yourself into each miracle story can be helpful. Whether you were the person himself/herself, a family member, a neighbor, or a personal observer – how would your life ever have been the same after witnessing such incredible things?!
This is one of the reasons why Jesus turned the world upside down. Each healed person had a family. Each one had a community. Though only 40 miracles are recorded, it appears thousands occurred over the 3-4 year public ministry of Christ.
It all began with the incoming tide of the supernatural birth which had been spoken of for centuries though the promise of the Jewish “Messiah” or deliverer. His public ministry was kicked off by the water into wine phenomenon at Cana in John’s Gospel.
As each miracle unfolded – more and more people were impacted. The jewel in His miracle crown was His resurrection! We are observing what the God Story calls “the fullness of times.” Jews were gathered from every nation under heaven for Passover. Thousands of witnesses to the conquering of death. An empty tomb. Multiple appearances over a period of forty days, at one point to a group of over 500 followers. WOW.
Choose a favorite or two from the list below and spend time thinking through each miracle as you apply your five senses to each account. What were the sights? The sounds? The tastes? The smells? The experiences of touch? Imagine the personal interactions!
“And Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.” When Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You deaf and mute spirit, I command you, come out of him and do not enter him again.”
After crying out and throwing him into terrible convulsions, it came out; and the boy became so much like a corpse that most of them said, “He is dead!” But Jesus took him by the hand and raised him; and he got up.” – Mark 9:23-27
Enjoy the experience. Are you persuaded?