Jesus Healing Miracles
Jesus healing miracles, recounted in scripture, are many and diverse. The healing prayers he recites are always simple in content, yet profoundly moving. All of the stories involve people of great faith, who either came themselves to ask for help, or were brought by someone else. It took great confidence in Christ for the friends of a crippled man to make a hole in the roof of the place where Jesus was, so they could lower him down to be cured. Not to mention the physical difficulties in getting him there. One can imagine the surprise, and perhaps the anger of the people inside at this interruption to Christ's teaching. The Teacher didn't rebuke them though, and instead helped the crippled man. Sometimes the persistence of the sick person was what achieved divine assistance. When a woman who had suffered from hemorrhage for a long time joined the crowd along with other followers, and then kept touching the hem of The Lord's robe and asking for help, he finally noticed her and made her well.
A Roman soldier asked for a cure for a sick daughter, and Christ simply told him to return home and he would find that the daughter was well. In that instance, readers aren't told what healing prayers Jesus might have said. Readers can just see how great the faith of the father of the sick girl was, and how compassionate Jesus was. Readers are told in Matthew 4:23 that "Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people." It's fair to assume that there were far more miracles than were written down and there are enough in scriptures to be inspiring. One can imagine the joy of a man who had been blind from birth being given his sight. One of Jesus healing miracles was such a case. Christ used an outward sign when curing this man. He made mud out of dirt he spat in, and put it on the man's eyes, then told him to wash the eyes in a pool of water. When the mud was washed off, the man could see. Jewish officials tried to discount the miracle, but were unable to do so. Stories of this magnitude included a deaf-mute, and ten lepers as other examples of physical curing. Spiritual healing, such as curing the boy possessed by demons is also included. For other examples of God's Grace, visit these Bible resources.
Today there are people who are credited with aiding the cure of individuals with prayer and supplication and "laying on of hands." God has given this gift of healing prayers to some ministers and laypeople, in order that His healing powers can still be present to us. This type of prayer is often said in a formal service in a church, but sometimes it is a more intimate setting, where the patient is visited by one of these intermediaries in a home. When cures are affected, it is always God at work, not the person praying for the cure. It is crucial that that distinction be made. When the person who has been given this gift begins to think it is their own doing, recognition begins to fall in the wrong direction. In a divine setting, there is no place for an individual's pride. Sometimes physical symptoms are a sign of spiritual problems, and those times are recorded in scripture with Jesus telling those infected to "go and sin no more" after healing a physical illness. Jesus healing miracles included the forgiveness of sins, which no one on earth had ever been given the power to do before. His healing prayers and admonitions were very powerful in a world where sin and oppression were everywhere.
Christians say specific prayers, i.e. prayers for healing fairly often in our lives. Christians supplicate for friends and family when illness or tragedy strikes. Most recently, many supplication prayers were offered for the victims of natural disasters, both in the United States and abroad. Hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis wreak havoc both physically and spiritually on the people where they occur. Prayerful requests are offered in Christian churches and homes all over the globe, and spiritual cures are as important as any physical help that is needed. Jesus healing miracles teach Christians not only that He had power over all things, but how important faith is in receiving the gift of healing. Sometimes, it appeared that the people in Jesus' time had faith in His power only, but out of a cure came faith in his message. Readers have the advantage of all the information scripture has to offer to bolster faith, even though none can physically see the Lord. Praying for ourselves, and others, should be part of a Christian's regular communication with God because believers know about the power of prayer through scripture and personal experience.
Miracles Of Jesus ChristThe gospel miracles begin with a miraculous birth. Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, is born in a dark stable to a young Jewish virgin. The messianic prophecies of the Old Testament, after centuries of silence, were being fulfilled in the village of Bethlehem. About thirty years later, the miracles of Jesus Christ began with the turning of water into wine at a wedding in Cana. Throughout His three-year ministry, Jesus performed many wondrous deeds as a testimony that He is the promised Messiah. The greatest miracle came at the end of the ministry with the Resurrection, post-Resurrection appearances, and ascension. In between the Cana wedding and the ascension, Jesus performed so many miraculous deeds that the apostle John wrote that "if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen" (John 21:25).
John had first-hand knowledge, as an eyewitness, of Jesus' many miracles. Even so, he selects only seven for the gospel bearing his name. Commentators list these as the seven signs. John's purpose for writing is to convince his readers that the Christ is the Son of God. The account, at times, seems to be testifying on Jesus' behalf. The miracles of Jesus Christ that John includes provide evidence of the claims that He is the Son of God. John tells about the following gospel miracles: changing the water into wine at the wedding in Cana (2:1-11); healing the official's son (4:43-54); healing the invalid near the pool of Bethesda (5:1-15); feeding the five thousand with two loaves and five fishes (6:1-15; 25-69); walking on water out to the apostles' boat (6:16-21); healing the man who had been blind from birth (9:1-41); and the raising of Lazarus from the dead (11:1-44). Each miracle demonstrates a spiritual truth about the Son of God.
Scholars are inconsistent in how they categorize the gospel miracles. One system uses two broad categories: 1) healing and exorcism; and 2) nature. The former includes healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind, and casting out of demons. The latter includes such events as walking on water, calming the storm, and raising the dead. Sad to say, some so-called Bible scholars accept that the Jesus performed the miracles in the first category, but not the ones in the second. They prefer to see these as symbolic narratives told by the Son of God or parables told by the early Christians about the Christ. Those who deny that Jesus has power over nature also deny the Resurrection. Somehow, despite their earthly wisdom, they won't admit that the truth of the Resurrection is vital to Christian faith. As Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth, "And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins" (1 Corinthians 15:17). Without a doubt, the Resurrection is the most significant Biblical event.
Other scholars categorize the miracles of Jesus Christ into four groups: 1) nature; 2) demons; 3) disease; 4) death. In his gospel, Mark shows Jesus' power over each of these in one specific passage (4:35-5:43). Here, in quick succession, Mark tells that the Son of God calmed a storm, cast demons out of the man from Gadarenes and sent them into a herd of pigs, healed a woman suffering from bleeding for twelve years, and raised Jairus' young daughter from death. Each of these gospel miracles proves that the Messiah was not just a man or a wise teacher. He has dominion over the creation, the spiritual realm, and even death.
Because the Bible is a book of miracles, people sometimes get the idea that miraculous events took place all the time. However, this wasn't the case. From the moment of creation to the days of the Great Flood, only one miraculous event is recorded in Scripture: a man named Enoch was taken to heaven without experiencing death. A careful reading of Scriptures shows that God works in miraculous ways when His people are in crisis. Some scholars see four distinct periods when miracles occurred. When the Hebrews were in bondage to the Egyptians, God sent seven plagues so that Pharaoh would release the people. Also, throughout the Exodus, food and water was providentially provided for the wandering tribes. When Israel was in bondage to the idol-worship of Baal, the prophets Elijah and Elisha performed miracles to show that God is the true God. During the time of the Exile, when the Israelites were in bondage to a foreign power, three of God's faithful followers were kept from harm even after being thrown in a white-hot furnace. The prophet Daniel was protected from starving lions. Finally, because the world is in bondage to sin, Jesus came and performed wondrous miraculous deeds to prove His divinity.
The miracles of Jesus Christ created controversy among the religious leaders of the day. They became furious when the Christ forgave the sins of a paralytic man. Jesus confronted their anger: "For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee, or to say, Arise and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up they bed, and go unto thine house" (Matthew 9:5-6). The religious leaders also expressed anger at healings that took place on the Sabbath. Here again, the Son of God confronted their hypocrisies.
The accounts of the gospel miracles were written as testimony that Jesus is the promised Messiah. However classified, the miraculous events demonstrate Jesus' power over death, demons, disease, and nature. The greatest miraculous event, that of the Resurrection, is the linchpin for Christian faith. Knowing that the Son of God rose from the dead provides assurance of an eternal future with Him for those who accept Him as their Savior.