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Why did Jesus perform miracles?

    John recorded seven main miracles.  As I have shown that many of these miracles consisted of several other miracles.  Jesus walked on the water, Peter walked on the water, the storm stopped, and the boat reached the short.  Four miracles, but this is considered as just one miracle.
    John does not record these as miracles.  He says that these are miraculous signs.  According to http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sign a sign

: a piece of paper, wood, etc., with words or pictures on it that gives information about something

: something (such as an action or event) which shows that something else exists, is true, or will happen

: a motion, action, or movement that you use to express a thought, command, or wish

 So signs give information about something which shows that something is true and it expresses a thought.  Jesus's signs fills all three definitions!

Palm Sunday - Jesus Christ is God - IV

 

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Palm Sunday - Jesus Christ is God - III

    The third proof is that Jesus is in control so that His actions will fulfill the prophecy spoken by Zechariah.  He is in total control and knows that He has to ride on the colt, the foal of a donkey.  He cannot enter Jerusalem on a charger, on a destrier, or even on a mule like Absalom used.  He can't even ride in on a donkey.  But to fulfill the prophesy He has to ride in on a colt, the foal of a donkey.  The colt has to be fairly young as it is still with its mother.

Jesus is definitely God.

Palm Sunday - Jesus Christ is God - II

   The second proof that Jesus is God is that He says to the disciples "If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away."  The Lord anticipates that someone will object to the disciples just entering a village and walking away with two donkeys.  Normally that would be called theft.  Imagine two strangers coming up to you and borrowing your car! 
     But Jesus is commanding the disciples to do just that because He needs to enter Jerusalem on a donkey.  Not only does He know that there are going to be two donkeys there, but he is anticipating that what the owners will say.  Then He tells them that the owners will allow the disciples to take the donkeys right away.  He says "he (that is the owner of the donkeys) will send them right away."  So it is not a theft, but the owner willing gives the donkeys to the Lord.
    Jesus is indeed God.

Palm Sunday - Jesus Christ is God

    This Sunday we celebrate Palm Sunday and in Palm Sunday we see that Jesus Christ is God.  In Matthew 21:1-3 we read that Jesus sent two disciples into the village to get a she-donkey and her colt or foal.  How did Jesus know that there would be a she-donkey and a foal tied up?  Because Jesus Christ is God.  It could have been two donkeys, or just one donkey.  It could have been two she donkeys, or two he donkeys, but because Jesus is God He knows that it is going to be two donkeys, a she donkey and her colt.

Praise God that Jesus Christ is God.

St. John Records the 7th Miracle - Part VI

  Why did Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead?  By raising Lazarus from the dead, He performed a mighty miracle to prove that He was God and that the people, especially his disciples, might believe in Him.
   In John 11:14-15 we read.  Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you might believe in him." 
   In John 11:41-42:  Jesus said "Father . . . I knew that You always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that You sent Me."

Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead in order that we would believe that God the Father sent Jesus.  Do you believe that?

St. John Records the 7th Miracle - Part V

    Yet another proof of the reality of the resurrection is that many believed in this miracle because they saw Lazarus alive.  In John 11:45 we read "Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in Him." 
     And in John 12:9 we read "Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of Him but also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead . . .11 for on account of him many Jews were going over to Jesus  and putting their faith in Him."
     The ordinary Jew knew a miracle when they saw one.  They believed.  Do you?

St. John Records the 7th Miracle - Part IV

Was this miracle for real?  How do we know that this is not St. John's figment of imagination?  Sure St. John believed it, but was it for real?
   The proof of the reality of the resurrection is that the Jewish leadership, the chief priests, believed it to happen.  In John 11:50, Caiphas the high priest said "It is better for you that one man die for the people than the whole nation to perish. . . 53.  So from that day on they plotted to take His [Jesus's] life.
    Then in John 12:10 we read "So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well."  If Jesus had not raised Larzarus, they could not plan to kill Lazarus as Lazarus was already dead.  You can't kill a dead man.  By their actions the chief priests confirm that Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead.

St. John Records the 7th Miracle - Part III

St. John records that Lazarus came out of the tomb.  But he was dead.  So when Jesus calls out to Lazarus, Lazarus must be resurrected, must become alive, to hear Jesus's words.  Only after he is alive, can he get up and walk out of the tomb wrapped in strips of linen and a cloth around his face.  Also, after wrapping the body in the strips of cloths and spices mixed into the cloths, the grave clothes would have become hard, like a plaster of Paris.  Now they are softened so he can move.

St. John Records the 7th Miracle - Part II

     St. John recorded how Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.  He called out "Lazarus, come out!" (John 11:43).  Why didn't he just call out "Come out!"?  I believe that if he had just called "come out" many people would have been raised from the dead.  Since Jesus wanted just Lazarus to be raised, not everybody, he called out for Lazarus.  He specified the one person He wanted raised from the dead.

St. John Records the 7th Miracle - Part I

     St. John's 7th miracle or sign is the raising of Lazarus from the dead.  Christ performed several raising of the dead.  One was the widow of Nain's son.  In that case the son had just died and Jesus met the funeral procession (Lk 7:11-17).  Another was the daughter of Jairus.  Once again, she had just died (Lk. 8:49-56).  But this is more spectacular because Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days (John 11:17).  To raise a person when he had been dead four days is truly a miracle.  The body is cold and beginning to decompose.  Martha says "But, Lord, by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days" (John 11:39).
    To raise a dead person who has been dead four days is unheard of, and up to this time, this is the only time that somebody who has decayed so much, who has been dead for so long is recorded.
     Jesus must be God to perform such a miracle.

St. John Records the 6th Miracle - Part I

     St. John recorded the 6th miracle in the 9th chapter of the Gospel of John.  Jesus Christ healed a man born blind from birth.  In verse 18 we read that the Jews did not believe that Jesus had done such a miracle, so they asked for his parents to testify that he, the man born blind, was really their son.  Is this a swichero, a slight of hand?  This could not be a miracle, because nobody had ever been born blind and now could see.  However, his parents confirmed that the man whom Jesus had healed was in fact their son and that he had been born blind.  In the end the Jews agreed that this was not a fake case of healing.  It was really a miracle.  But they claimed that Jesus was a sinner.
     The healed man said "Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.  If this man were not from God, He could do nothing."
     The blind man knew the simple truth.  He had been born blind, and now he could see. 

St. John Records the 5th Miracle - Part IV

     The fourth part of the 5th miracle is that "immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading."  Imagine their surprise that they had been rowing and rowing all night, and suddenly - poof they are at their destination. 
      So there are four miracles in this one miracle:
1.  Jesus walks 3 - 3 1/2 miles on the water.
2.  Peter walks on the water and Jesus supports Peter when he sinks.
3.  When Peter and Jesus climb in the boat, the winds are calmed.
4.  The boat arrives on the shore.
The response of the apostles was to worship Jesus as the Son of God.
Will you do the same?

St. John Records the 5th Miracle - Part III

   The third part of the 5th miracle is that the wind immediately ceased.  In Matthew 14:32 we read, "And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down."  Matthew writes that there was a direct correlation.  When they got in, the wind died down.  The apostles knew of that correlation because "Then those who were in the boat worshipped Him, saying 'Truly you are the Son of God.' "
     These fishermen knew that it was more than just a coincidence.  There was a direct correlation between Jesus and Peter getting into the boat and the winds becoming calm.
    May we worship Christ as the Son of God.

St. John Records the 5th Miracle - Part II

     The second part of the miracle of Jesus walking on the water, was when He called to Peter and Peter walked on the water as well.  So often we criticize Peter for not having faith, but we need to put a positive spin on that.  The eleven other disciples did not get out of the boat - they stayed seated in the boat.  Peter walked on the stormy sea.  In Matthew 14:14:29 we read:  Then Peter go down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus."  So Peter walked someways on the water.  That took faith!
    When Peter began to sink, Jesus reached out and saved him.  So Jesus walking was strong enough to support Jesus and Peter clinging on Him.  That is some miracle.

Pray for the Assyrian Christians

     Please pray for the Assyrian Christians. 
     God works in wonderful ways.  The Assyrians were the cruelest people in the ancient times, yet the Gospel spread to them.  Initially it spread because of Jonah.  Then 700 years later, the Gospel spread to Assyria.  Now the Islamic State has raided Assyrian Christians villages and has captured over 220 of them. 
     People are dismayed that the artifacts in the museum have been destroyed.  I am dismayed that 220 Christians have been taken captive and likely will face death.  Please pray for the safety of these brothers in Christ.
     Breaking news:  19 Assyrian Christians were just released.
     Note that the Caliphate of Baghdad/the Islamic State has killed 1969 people since June 2014.