Term Paper: Eight Great Sign Miracles That Jesus Performed

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Miracles Revealed the Deity of Christ

The deity of Christ is revealed through the Bible stories about the miracles He performed. This essay is an examination of the miracles that Christ performed, revealing himself as the Son of God. The essay will seek to answer what was revealed about Christ and His relationship with the faithful who followed him by way of His miracles. Did the faithful need miracles to believe that Christ was the Son of God? Was Christ about the mission of trying to prove Himself as the Son of God? What purpose in the lives of the people before whom He performed these miracles did they serve? Was what Jesus did magical tricks, or miracles; what is the difference?

Gerd Theissen and Annette Merz point out that Jesus was prophetic, not magical (306). He avoided those places, Theissen and Merz say, that might have confused people by their location/pagan or other worldly association with magic (306).

Turning of Water into Wine (Holy Bible, John 2:1-11)

In John 2:1-11, we read about Jesus being invited with his Disciples to a wedding in Cana in Galilee. From reading these passages, we also know that Jesus' mother was at the wedding. When the wine gone, Jesus' mother tells him that they have run out of wine, and He wonders why she would bother him with such a thing, because "My time has not yet come (2:1)." His mother tells the servants to do whatever Jesus instructs them to do. There stand two 20-30 gallon ceremonial washing jars, and Jesus instructs the servants to fill the jars with water (2:7). These jars are important, because they are stone, holy ceremonial vessels, and ones that cannot be contaminated (Williams 2007).

Once filled with water, Jesus then instructs the servants to draw some out, and take it to the master of the banquet (2:8). When the master of the banquet tastes the water, and called the bridegroom aside, explaining to him when everyone serves the best wine first, saving the cheap wine for when the people are drunken, he, instead, saved the best wine for last (2:9-10).

The miracle of the wine is perhaps the most because it is the first miracle that Jesus performs. Did He do it to firmly seal the faith of His disciples? No, His disciples were already drawn to Him, and had addressed Him as the "Son of God (John 1:49)." This kind of proclamation needed no miracle to seal the faith of a man who recognized Jesus as the Son of God. And, in John 1:15, John the Baptist proclaims the coming of Christ to the crowds and people being baptized by him even before Jesus appears. This kind of faith needs no miracle to see Jesus as the Son of God.

If we look beyond the explanation that Jesus wanted to prove Himself as the Son of God through the performance of miracles, we can perhaps see what the miracles were really about. Jesus was in attendance at a wedding, which is the celebration of the union of a man and woman, and they commitment they make to one another. It is their belief in one another as partners in life, love, and family. The union of a man and a woman represent the product of a prior generation coming together in their newness, and, by having children, creating the next generations that will follow. This is perhaps why it was important to begin the wedding discussion in John 2:1 by saying that the "mother" of Jesus was there. The union of the couple will produce the real miracle, new life. Such a miracle is one that should be celebrated; it should be a happy occasion, with laughter, joy, and wine too.

Turning the water into wine was God's blessing upon the union between man and woman. It also demonstrates that with faith in God, all things are possible. God, through his Son, as a guest at the wedding is a part of the wedding celebration, the legacy of the wedding couple. God is present in the marriage union between the man and woman, and will be present throughout their lives and in the creation of new life. That the disciples, the faithful, were present with Jesus might indicate that the couple, too, needs to be faithful to one another.

Everyone present at the wedding is a part of the meaning of this first miracle, or might be said to have role in the wedding ceremony and celebration. It is the first miracle, and it should perhaps be first held by mankind that the union between a man and woman is a most sacred one, one that Jesus, the Son of God, blessed with spiritual of wine of God. It was the best wine, and saved for last, but the union between a man and a woman should be saved forever.

Healing of a Nobleman's Son (Holy Bible, John 4:46-54)

In John 4:46-54, Jesus heals the son of a nobleman without ever seeing the child, but by simply stating that the child would live. This second miracle seems to be one that is directed to the people whose faith is uncertain, because Jesus says, "Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders, you will never believe (John 4:46)." That Jesus does not go to the place where the child lies dying is perhaps significant. It demonstrates that faith does not require the visual affirmation that people often rely upon. As Jesus said, without seeing, people would not believe. He, however, demonstrates that He believes the nobleman, and does not need to go to the sick child's bedside, because God knows all things. God knows the nobleman's son is sick.

That the sick child who was healed was the son of a nobleman is important too, because the nobility hold their selves out and often above others. That the man's child was fallen ill, dying, demonstrates that no one is nobler than God, and it was unto God's Son whom the nobleman turned to save his child. There will always be that which money cannot buy, and that is life, which can only be granted through the grace of God.

Healing of a Lame Man (Holy Bible, John 5:1-9)

It is of no coincidence that on the day that Jesus heals the lame man beside the pool it is the Sabbath (John 5:9). The lame man, who has been lame for 38 years, cannot go to the pool when it is stirred, and on the Sabbath, tradition holds for ceremonial cleansing. Jesus was an upholder of tradition, he did not reject the tradition into the which he was born, but wished only to serve tradition, and to bring salvation to the people. It was important for the man who was not able to partake of traditional ceremonies and services to be healed so that he might be able to do. It was the work of Jesus to heal the minds and souls of the multitude in order that they become aware that their belief was not without basis, and that God was in their daily lives.

That Jesus could heal a man who had been lame for most of his life, demonstrated that God was powerful in all ways, over all things, and that through faith in Him, we would be cured of that which ails us spiritually.

Feeding of the 5,000 (Holy Bible, John 6:1-14)

When Jesus fed the multitude of 5,000 at the shore of Galilee, we can take this miracle story to be literal, that Jesus replicated the loaves of bread and the fish with enough to feed the multitudes, and with leftovers enough to fill 12 baskets -- more than what he started with (John 6:1-12). Or, we can look at this miracle from the power of Glory, and infer that 5,000 spiritually depleted people turned to Jesus for the sustenance of faith, and that he fed them. In fact, he fed them to their spiritual fullness, and with enough left over to sustain for a time when perhaps Jesus was not there in person, and they would have to rely upon faith alone for sustenance. In John 6:14 the Bible says that the people, full, believed Jesus to be the Prophet.

Jesus Walking on the Water (Holy Bible, John 6:15-21)

The miracle where Jesus walks across the water is an important one, because he had become aware that they were going to come for him to force him to become king on over the people (John 6:15). Jesus had to show them that he could not be overcome by force and made to do something for which it was not his time to do. He had to show the disciples that there is an order to God's plan, and that it was not yet time for him to assume a throne on earth.

There was fear when the disciples saw Jesus moving to them, because they were some three miles out on… [END OF PREVIEW]

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