“…how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were under the tyranny of the devil, because God was with Him.”
Acts 10:38 HCSB
Have you ever wondered if there’s any significance to the miracles Jesus did? Have you ever wondered if they mattered at all knowing that He was not the only one who worked miracles in the Bible?
The parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21-22), the turning of water into blood (Exodus 7:20), the non-stop flowing jar of oil (2 Kings 4:5), to mention a few, are all miracles that preceded Jesus. And they were astounding miracles at that. So why are Jesus’ miracles significant?
First, they are significant because they prove that He is approved by God. In Acts 2:22, Peter asserts this point. See what he says:
“Men of Israel, listen to these words: This Jesus the Nazarene was a MAN POINTED OUT TO YOU BY GOD WITH MIRACLES, wonders, and signs that God did among you through Him, just as you yourselves know.”
Acts 2:22 HCSB
Our anchor text also buttresses this assertion. In case you are looking for an Old Testament authority, Isaiah 61:1-2 is a good example.
Another reason Jesus’ miracles are significant is that they show that God is love and does not delight in our suffering. We see it in how Jesus showed compassion for the occasional huge crowds that liked to follow Him around (Matthew 14:14). We also see it in the healing of the sick people He met within His preaching circuit (Mark 1:40-41, Matthew 4:23, Luke 7:21).
The final and most important reason is that Jesus’ miracles are a symbolic demonstration of spiritual restoration. Isaiah 53:5. paints a touching picture of this restoration. It reads:
“But He was PIERCED because of our TRANSGRESSIONS, CRUSHED because of our INIQUITIES; PUNISHMENT for our peace was on Him, and we are HEALED by His WOUNDS.” Isaiah 53:5 HCSB
The keywords in this text, beyond physical healing, highlight the state of the unsaved and how only Jesus’ sacrifice can restore him back to life.
The logic, therefore, is this: a God who can save men should be able to heal their sicknesses, diseases, and work miracles. Do you see now why Jesus’ miracles are significant?
Bible Reading Plan:
Mark 12:28-34, 2 Corinthians 9, Psalms 104, 1 Samuel 21-23