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The significance and relevance of the miracles of Jesus

Sep 7, 2011, 2:34 PM | Article By: FR. EDU GOMEZ - Parish of the Resurrection, Brikama

The word miracle is defined in the Webster New Ideal Dictionary as an extraordinary event taken to manifest a supernatural work of God. In the Collins English Dictionary it is defined as an event contrary to the laws of nature and attributed to a supernatural cause.

The two definitions clearly state a miracle is an event meaning some activity that is overtly carried out but only explainable in supernatural terms because it goes contrary to the laws of nature. Miracles are attributed therefore to God who is supernatural and the Supreme Being. Jesus is of God and is God and so he could work miracles. He has affirmed his oneness with God in John 17:21-22, as he said, “I gave them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, just as you and I are one”.

From the foregoing, the oneness of Jesus and God has made it possible for Jesus to work miracles which were seen, acknowledged and written by different writers of the gospels or other non Christian scriptures. The Bible and other non Christian scriptures have written accounts of the miracles of Jesus which are many.

In the account of one non Christian religious scholar which I watched in our local television, the miracles of Jesus were affirmed. The supposed scholar quoted that Jesus healed the blind and deaf and dumb and even raised the dead through the powers he had from God. In stating these facts, he was right but he became wrong when he said that the miracles of Jesus were done to proof the holiness of the Bible or that the Bible comes from God. This is wrong teaching which should be refuted.

In the first place I personally believe that when I want to talk about issues of another faith which I do not belong to, let me not add or delete anything which I do not know about or I do not have certainty of their truths.

The miracles of Jesus are part of the many issues written in the Bible. Therefore the Bible does not contain the miracles of Jesus only.

Secondly, the miracles that Jesus worked were done for the purpose of manifesting the glory of God and his kingdom. Those who witnessed their occurrence and those who read about them are inspired to faith in the Lord and are drawned to seek and belong to the kingdom of God.

Thirdly the miracles of Jesus are meant to invoke faith in the life of the believer. The faith of the believer comes to him or her as inspiration so that he or she may believe because of the miracle worked. For those who accessed the miracles Jesus worked by reading about them, the eye of faith enables them to believe even though they could not see. Jesus in his teachings had taught, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe”. Jn. 20:29.