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Jesus Christ Performed Many Miracles - Part III

   This is the third and final list of specific miracles.  The first one is of the virgin birth.  It has fallen out of favor and is rarely on lists of miracles, but if both of Christ's parents were human, then He could not have been a Savior.  That is because He needed to be God to be sinless and to endure God's eternal punishment.
    Healing 10 lepers is also considered one miracle, not 10 (37).
    Disappearing from sight and entering through locked doors are often not on the list, but should be.  (35, 45, 46)
    The last one is also not often on the list of miracles, but for me it is one that is physically impossible to recreate.  No matter how high I jump, I always come down.  But Christ went up vertically.  Elijah had to be brought to heaven in a chariot of fire.  But here Christ ascended vertically.
31.  Jesus is born of a virgin (Luke 1: 34-35)
32.  Jesus walks through the crowd that were trying to throw Him off the cliff (Luke 4:28-30)
33.  The great haul of fish - boats began to sink (Luke 5:5-7)
34.  Jesus raised the widow's son from the dead at Nain (Luke 7:11-15)
35.  Jesus cured a woman who had been crippled and bent over for eighteen years (Luke 13:10-13)
36.  Jesus cured a man of dropsy (Luke 14:1-4)
37.  Jesus cleansed ten lepers (Luke 17:11-19)
38.  Jesus restored the right ear of the high priest's servant (Luke 22:50-51)
39.  Jesus disappears from Cleopas’ and his friend’s sight (Luke 24:31)
40.  Jesus changed water into wine (John 2:6-11)
41.  Jesus cured the official’s son (John 4:46-54)
42.  Jesus healed an man who had been an invalid for 38 years at the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-15)
43.  Jesus opened the eyes of a man born blind (John 9:1-12)
44.  Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:41-44)
John 11:37 “Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him.”
45.  Jesus passes through locked doors (John 20:19)
46.  Jesus passes through locked doors a week later (John 20:26)
47.  The second great haul of fish - 153 fish caught (John 21:1-14)
48.    Christ rises vertically into heaven - Ascension (Acts 1:9)

Thank you Father for seating Your Son at your right hand to intercede for us when we pray.  Amen.

Jesus Christ Performed Many Miracles - Part II

     Here is the second list.  Most people consider Jesus walking on the water as one miracle, but there were in fact three distinct miracles: 
   a.  Jesus (and Peter) walked on water (16)
   b.  When Jesus got into the boat, the storm stopped. (17)
   c.  The boat immediately reached the shore. (18)
   I also consider the transfiguration as a miracle - clothes shining like lightening. (21)
   The fig tree withered on the same day as it was a curse is often not counted, but the apostles were amazed by it.  (25)
   For me, Jesus driving out an evil spirit, healing the deafness, and causing him to speak are for me three distinct miracles.  The evil spirit could have caused his deafness and his inability to speak, but not necessarily.  (27-29). 
    Amazingly the Pharisees and the Saducees ask Jesus for a miracle!  a sign from heaven!  Hello, any one watching the miracles??

16.  Jesus walks on water (Matthew 14:25, Mark 6:48, and John 6:19)
17.  When Jesus gets into the boat, the wind dies down (Matthew 14:32 and Mark 6:51)
18.  Immediately the boat reached the shore (John 6:21)
19.  Jesus healed a Canaanite woman’s demon-possessed daughter (Matthew 15:22-28 and Mark 7:24-30).
20.  Jesus fed four thousand men, besides women and children (Matthew 15:32-39 and Mark 8:1-10)
Matthew 16:1 “The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested Him by asking Him to shoe them a sign from heaven.”
21.   Jesus is transfigured - face shone like lightening and a cloud appeared (Matthew 17:2-5, Mark 9:2-3, 7, and Luke 9:29, 34)
22.  Jesus cured an epileptic boy who was plagued by a demon (Matthew 17:14-21, Mark 9:14-27, and Luke 9:37-42)
23.  Jesus has Peter catch a fish with a four-drachma coin (Matthew 17:27)
24.  Jesus opened the eyes of Bartimaeus and his friend (Matthew 20:30-34 records two men; Mark 10:46-52 records one man, Bartimaeus)
25.  Jesus cursed the fig tree so that it withered the same day (Matthew 21:18-19 and Mark 11:14, 20-21 and and Luke18:35-43 records a blind man without a name)
26.  Jesus rose from the dead (Matthew 28:6-7, Mark 16:6, Luke 24:6, and John 20:1-9) This is the second miracle that is recorded in all four gospels.
27.  Jesus drives out an evil spirit (Mark 1:23-27 and Luke 4:31-36)
28.  Jesus cured a deaf man (Mark 7:31-37)
29.  Jesus cured a man who could hardly talk (Mark 7:31-37) (He was also deaf, see above.)
30.  Jesus opened the eyes of a blind man (spit on man’s eyes - like trees) (Mark 8:22-26)

    Praise God that Jesus is God and therefore omnipotent.

Jesus Christ Performed Many Miracles - Part I

Here is the first of three lists of specific miracles that Jesus performed.  I have counted as three miracles when Jesus cured the man who was demon-possessed, blind, and mute as I see these as three distinct problems (12-14).  On the other hand, when Jesus feeds the five thousand, I count that as one miracle, not five thousand separate ones.  Or when Jesus heals two demon-possessed men at the same time (5) or when Jesus healed two blind men at the same time (9), I considered that as one miracle.
     I have started with Matthew and gone through the list as presented in Matthew.  This list of miracles is not a chronological list.  If it was, then the changing of the water into wine would have been the first.
1.  Jesus healed the man with leprosy (Matthew 8:1-4, Mark 1:40-42, and Luke 5:12-16)
2.  Jesus cured Peter's mother-in-law of a fever (Matthew 8:14-15, Mark 1:30-31 and Luke 4:38-39)
3.  Jesus healed the centurion's servant (Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10)
4.  Jesus stilled the storm (Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:37-41, and Luke 8:23-25)
5.  Jesus cured two demon-possessed men (Matthew 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-20 and Luke 8:26-39 have one demon-possessed man)
6.  Jesus cured the paralytic (on a mat through the roof) (Matthew 9:1-8, Mark 2:1-12, and Luke 5:17-26)
7.  Jesus cured the woman with bleeding (Matthew 9:19-22, Mark 5:25-34, and Luke 8:43-48).
8.  Jesus raised the Jairus's daughter from the dead (Matthew 9:18-20, 23-26, Mark 5:21-24, 35-43, and Luke 8:41-42, 49-56).
9.  Jesus opened the eyes of two blind men (Matthew 9:27-31).
10.  Jesus loosened the tongue of a mute (traditionally dumb) man (Matthew 9:32-34)
11.  Jesus restored a withered hand (Matthew 12:10-13, Mark 3:1-6, and Luke 6:6-11)
12.  Jesus cured a demon-possessed man (Matthew 12:22 and Luke 11:14)
13.  Jesus cured a blind man (Matthew 12:22) (same man who was demon possessed)
14.  Jesus cured a mute (traditionally dumb) man (Matthew 12:22 and Luke 11:14) (same man who was demon-possessed and blind)
15.  Jesus fed the five thousand men, besides women and children (Matthew 14:15-21, Mark 6:32-44, Luke9:10-17, and John 6:1-13) (One of two miracles that are recorded in all four gospels)

Thank you Lord for proving Your divinity by these miraculous signs.


 

Jesus: I am the Son of God - 15

Resurrection

    In the very next chapter, after hearing that Lazarus is very sick, Jesus proclaims "This sickness will not end in death.  No it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it." (John 11:4)
     The disciples are worried that Jesus is going to go to Bethany as "the Jews tried to stone you."  (see previous blogs about Jesus is the Son of God - The Jews understood that Jesus claimed to be the Son of God).
    Who is glorified?  The One who performed the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead.  That is why Jesus said "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" (John 11:40).

Jesus: I am the Son of God - 14

The Jews - Part 7

  We continue our study in John 10.  Jesus says "Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does.  But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may learn and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.  Again they tried to seize Him." (vs. 37-39).
     Once again we see that Jesus claims that He is the Son of God because the miracles prove it.  And once again we see the Jewish reaction - seize Jesus because He is claiming that He is the Son of God.  The Jews clearly understand what Jesus is saying and therefore, in their minds, they must kill Jesus because He is claiming that He is God.  In their view point, that is blasphemy, and the only solution is death.

May we see that Christ is in the Father and that the Father is in Christ.

God's Sovereignity - Jesus's Death

   In Deuteronomy 21 we read "If a man is guilty of a capital offense is put to death and his body is hung on a tree, you must not leave his body on the tree overnight.  Be sure to bury him that same day, because anyone who is hung on a tree is under God's curse."  However the Jews more frequently used stoning as the execution means for capital crimes.  The Jews stoned Achan (Joshua 7:25) and Naboth (I Kings 21:10-16).  (John 8:1-12 in a text that is not in the original manuscripts and not in the Bible talks about stoning a woman caught in adultery.)  Other instances of stoning are Numbers 14:10 and I Samuel 30:6.) 
    The problem is that if God allowed the Jews to stone Jesus then He would not die on a tree and be under God's curse.  Thus, God allowed Jesus to slip from the Jews numerous times when they wanted to stone Jesus, but permitted Jesus to be judged by the Romans who used crucifixion as a capital punishment.  In this way, Jesus would die on a tree.

    Praise God that He is in control of all events.

Jesus: I am the Son of God - 13

The Jews - Part 7

     Jesus again proclaims that He is God's Son.  "I and the Father are one."  Three times in three verses Jesus says "My Father."  Twice Jesus mentions the miracles that He has performed.  Then He says that they are not believers in Him and that they will not have eternal life.
     The Jews understood what Jesus was saying.  Unlike many modern people, they understood that Jesus was claiming to be the Son of God.  There was no question in their mind of who Jesus claimed to be.  Thus they had to kill Jesus because of what He said.  Their solution - the Biblical way of capital punishment - stoning.

Jesus: I am the Son of God - 11

Many miracles

     When I was a child, I was fascinated with the miracles.  Then for a while, I was interested in miracles, but I had read them and heard them preached on so often that they lost their wonder.  Now I am back in the wonderment of the miracles.  Miracles are not something to be ashamed of.  Miracles are proof of Jesus's divinity.
     For three years Jesus did specific, identifiable miracles: the woman who had the issue of blood for 12 years, Jairus' 12 year old daughter, the resurrection of the widow of Cain's son, etc.  After Jesus healed Peter's mother-in-law, we read in Matthew 8:16 "When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick."  Six chapters later we read another case:  "And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed" (14:35-36).
   In John 10 Jesus says "The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me."  Jesus claims that He is the Son of God.  Proof:  miracles.  How many did He heal?  Hundreds.  Each miracle Jesus performed is a certification by God the Father that Jesus really is the Son of God.

Jesus: I am the Son of God - 10

The Jews - Part 5

The battle between Jesus and the Jews continues.  Jesus then strikes a hard blow:  "You are from below [hell], I am from above [heaven].  You are of this world; I am not of this world" [John 8:23-24].  After going back and forth on who they are (slaves or free men, children of Abraham or of the devil), the Jews said "The only Father we have is God Himself" (vs. 41).  Jesus responds very clearly:  "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. . . I honor my Father . . . My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me"  (vs. 42, 49, 54).  But most telling is when Jesus says "Before Abraham was born, I AM.  At this, they picked up stones to stone Him" (vs. 58-59). 
     Both Jesus and the Jews agreed that Jesus claimed that He was the Son of God.  The question is what do you do with that claim?
     For the Jews, since this was blasphemy, the only proper response is to stone Jesus.
     For the Christian, the only proper response is to praise God.
     For the unbeliever, what will your choice be?  Do you accept Jesus as the Son of God?  If not, why not?  What further proof do you need?

Jesus: I am the Son of God - 9

The Jews - Part 4

    In John 8 we read of the struggle between Jesus and the Jews and who is whose father.  Jesus claims that He is God the Father's Son.  The Jews accuse Jesus of testifying about himself, and therefore his testimony is not valid (vs. 13).  Jesus responds that since He is God, His own testimony is all that is needed (vs. 14).  But if they wanted additional proof, His Father's testimony is valid (vs. 16-18).  
    John then writes "Yet no one seized Him, because His time had not yet come."  The Jews understood what Jesus was saying, but they were powerless to do anything.  Why?  Because His time had not yet come.  Jesus is in charge of this world.

Thank you Jesus for being in charge.

Jesus: I am the Son of God - 8

My Father's house -3

     The first two times Jesus is recorded as saying My Father's house, the house was heaven on earth, i.e., the temple.  The third time Jesus said "My Father's house" is when He referred to heaven itself.  In John 14:1-2 Jesus said:  "Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God; trust also in Me.  In My Father's house there are many rooms (KJV-mansions)."  Here Jesus states that we should trust in God and then also in Him.  He is thus equating Himself with God the Father.  Second, He says "in My Father's house."  The whole context is of Jesus going to heaven and that heaven is My Father's house.  Once again, Jesus clearly claims to be the Son of God.

    May we look forward to being with Jesus in His Father's house.

Jesus: I am the Son of God - 7

My Father's house -2

    Last time we discussed Jesus chasing out the sellers of cattle, sheep, and doves from the Temple and Jesus claiming the Temple to be His Father's house.  But the first time this occurred is found in Luke 2:49.  At 12 years old, Jesus calmed His parents by saying "Didn't  you know that I had to be in my Father's house?"  50.  "But they did not understand what He was saying to them."
     The reason that Joseph and Mary had a hard time grasping or understanding what Jesus meant is because Jesus claim was so radical.  Everyone went to the temple to pray, but here Jesus is claiming that He is God's Son.  That is hard to fathom.

   Lord, may we bow our heads, hearts, and bodies to the Son of God. 

Jesus: I am the Son of God - 6

My Father's house -1

     When Jesus drove out the sellers of cattle, sheep, and doves and the money changers at the temple, he proclaimed:  "Get these out of here!  How dare you turn My Father's house into a market!" 
     In the Old Testament, God the Father is never referred to as Father in a personal sense.  Isaiah states about Jesus that He is the "Everlasting Father" but that is completely different from Jesus calling God the Father, Father.
     All agreed that the temple was for the worship of God.  Thus, when Jesus boldly proclaims that the temple is His Father's house, He proclaims that He is God's Son. 
(John 2:14-16)

Jesus: I am the Son of God - 5

The Jews - Part 3

      I mentioned the other day the "kangaroo court."  According to Miriam-Webster, a kangaroo court is
1.  a mock court in which the principles of law and justice are disregarded or perverted
2.  a court characterized by irresponsible, unauthorized, or irregular status or procedures (Sorry Australia.)
     This court was irregular - meeting after midnight - no witnesses could agree.  In Matthew 26:62-64 we read "Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, 'Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?'  But Jesus remained silent.  The high priest said to Him, 'I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.' 
    'You have said so,' Jesus replied. 'But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.' "
     We have been talking about Jesus being the Son of God, but here Jesus says He is the Son of Man.  But that is because Son of Man is the same as Son of God.  I know that sounds confusing, but when you read Daniel 7:13-14 it is clear that the Son of Man = Son of God. 
“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into His presence.   He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will never be destroyed."   Dominion (dominate) that will not pass away - a kingdom that will never be destroyed.  These are God-like characteristics.
   Jesus claimed to be the Son of Man and the Son of God.

New Year's Resolution

Bible Reading Plan

   What is the best selling book in America, in the world?  The Bible.  But having a Bible is not the same thing as reading the Bible.  I have many books on my book shelf that I want to read, but have not started.  Or started, but have not finished.  I encourage you to read the Bible.  Here is the link for the M'Cheyne's Bible reading plan:  http://biblesint.org/biNew/images/Stewardship/McCheyne%20Reading%20Plan.pdf  (When you print it, print it, print it landscape, double-sided, flip on short side.)
    If you do the two readings for family and two readings for private, you will read the Psalms and the New Testament twice in one year, and the rest of the Bible in one year. 
    Without a doubt, this has been the best resource for my devotional life and for devotions for the family.