Miracles of Purpose and Love

I just finished reading the New Testament and was thinking about all of Jesus’ miracles that he did before he died on the cross. Many are listed in the Bible and many more were done that were never recorded.

Most of these miracles were for physical and medical healings, raising the dead and casting out demons. I decided to start a list of miracles Jesus did that didn’t involve healing an individual. Some may think this isn’t important, but I find things like this fascinating. It gives us insight into Jesus when we think about what he did and why he did it.

This is the list I came up with. If you can think of more, let me know in the comments.

He changed water to wine.

He walked on water and helped Peter walk on water.

Jesus (I’m assuming) put the coin in the mouth of the fish so Peter could pay their taxes.

Feeding groups of people (The feeding of the 5,000 etc.)

Calming the storm.

The transfiguration.

He knocked the soldiers to the ground when they came to arrest him.

The miraculous catch of fish.

Making the fig tree die and wither.

Most of Jesus’ miracles were to help and teach people or for practical purposes. He never did a miracle just to show off. He never said anything like “see that mountain over there; watch this” and then raised it in the air and set it down. He never got bored and decided to paint the clouds with neon colors. He came to earth with a purpose and he stuck to it.

The first miracle he did was to change water into wine. This doesn’t sound like a very “Messiah” type thing to do, but he did it because his Mom (Mary) asked him to and he was showing her respect. It’s the only miracle I’ve read that Mary asked him to do. Perhaps she realized that she shouldn’t be taking advantage of her position as the mother of the Messiah and expecting special favors.

Another that’s worthy to mention is when the soldiers came to arrest Jesus. He made them fall to the ground to show he had power to escape. He was making it clear that he was letting them take him. He willingly died on the cross for our sins.

I only found three accounts in scripture of Jesus raising someone from the dead. My guess is he did it to show that he had power over death, but he didn’t want to give the impression that raising the dead would be a normal, every-day thing from now on. When someone dies it’s because God allowed it to happen and it’s their time. The three raisings from the dead were for teaching purposes and to give us hope that there is life after this life. These were exceptions and not a normal practice.

Hebrews 9: 27 Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgement.

I remember reading a verse once that said to the effect that you shouldn’t pray for the dead, because God never said he’d answer those prayers. But… I looked and looked for it and couldn’t find it. So, either my research skills need improvement or I imagined that verse.

I guess that’s all I have on this topic.

May God richly bless all of you!

10 Thoughts

  1. Interesting post – I never thought about the different types of miracles. I think Mary asked out of concern for the hosts (i.e. not for herself), so I give her a pass for asking for this favor. 🙂 May God richly bless you, too!


    1. Yes, I agree that she definitely wanted to help her friends and that’s a good thing, but I’m guessing she continued helping her friends, but without the advantage of miracles. That’s just my take on it and of course it’s guess work because we only know what we’re told in the bible.


  2. Great post. You got so many of the miracles. Two of my favorites were the woman who had been bleeding for twelve years, considered unclean, lots almost all her money and she couldn’t see her family. She touch the bottom of Jesus’s robe and he felt the energy going out of him. He told her that her faith had made her well. He healed the paralyzed man who was lowered through the roof of the house, where he was healing many.

    The Old Testament use to scare me when I was a little girl but that is because no one explained things to me. Yea!!!! I hope you celebrated some how. Good for you! ❤️❤️🙏🙏


    1. Yes, many are flippant. Maybe they don’t believe their prayer will actually be answered. Others think God is too busy to help them out – which obviously isn’t true. Or maybe they take for granted it will be done. That’s what’s awesome about the bible. God introduces us to many different personalities. They all responded differently and had different strengths and weaknesses. When I see someone with the same weaknesses I have, I then realize “Hey, God loved them in spite of their faults!” I realize he can and does love me too! What an awesome God.


  3. I think part of the flippancy is the belief that miracles are proof of faith and should happen all the time. I don’t think that is necessarily the case.


    1. I see what you were saying now and I agree. I know lots of Christians, but I’ve never seen any of them move a mountain (which the bible says we can do if we have enough faith.) The disciples couldn’t do any miracles until Jesus sent them out specifically to do miracles and tell the good news. Prayers being answered is dependent on God’s will, not on us or our amount of faith. I once had a lady shake her head in disappointment because she was trying to get me to speak in tongues and it just wasn’t happening. God gives different gifts to different people and speaking in tongues wasn’t one meant for me. In her mind, if you couldn’t speak in tongues, your faith was faulty or lacking. That is far from the truth. Like the good Father that he is, God knows when to grant our requests and when not to.

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