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.
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!