“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” John 21:25
During His time on the earth, Jesus touched and transformed many lives. Some we can read about in the Bible and others we may never even know. The four Gospels record 37 miracles of Jesus. But John closes his Gospel with these words concerning Jesus’ ministry: “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written (John 21:25).”
Whether it was turning water into wine (John 2:1-11), driving out an evil spirit (Mark 1:21-27), healing the sick (Matthew 8:16-17), calming a storm (Luke 8:22-25), or raising the dead Mark 5:21-24), Jesus always had a reason for performing miracles. He wasn’t just showing off…although He had every right to do so. He wasn’t randomly zapping people with His infinite power for the fun of it. There was intentionality behind each miraculous occurrence.
One of the main reason Jesus performed miracles was to authenticate His identity. He was not an ordinary man. He was not just a carpenter, the son of Mary and Joseph. Jesus of Nazareth was the Promised One of Israel…the Messiah…God incarnate. His miracles were a display of His power. They were a display of His compassionate heart. Often times the Bible refers to Christ’s miracles as signs. Why is that? A sign is something that points out or indicates something else. The miracles of Jesus were signs to point to the truth that He is God.
Most of the recorded miracles in the Bible illustrate how Jesus did them to authenticate Himself. Most of the time when He healed the physical, He would restore the spiritual as well. He would say, “Your sins are forgiven;” or, “Go and sin no more;” or, “Your faith has healed you.” There were other people who did miraculous deeds. But who else would dare forgive sin? Only God!
Understanding the purpose of miracles is important for us today. Do miracles still happen? If so, how can we tell if a miracle is of God or of man? One key to discerning this is to answer the question: “Is this event a sign that points to the truth that Jesus is God?
Father, Thank You for the signs that point us to Jesus. The miracle of His resurrection from the dead is the greatest sign You have given us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.