Jesus did a great many amazing things during his time on Earth. And some of these were exceptionally special. They were feats that only the great Redeemer could have performed, and ones that transcend the mortal constraints of you and me. These are called the Miracles of Jesus.
Book of Signs
The Book of Signs is the first main section of the Gospel of John. Its name refers to the seven signs contained within the text. These signs are also called the Miracles of Jesus.
The Seven Signs (or The Miracles of Jesus)
There are seven significant events contained within the Book of Signs. They are true miracles that may be seen as supernatural in origin at first glance, but all in fact stem from the power of our Lord
Changing Water into Wine (Marriage at Cana)
The first of the seven Miracles of Jesus found in the Gospel of John, is the changing of water into wine at the Wedding at Cana, also known as the Marriage at Cana.
Jesus, his mother and his disciples were invited to a wedding. It was a merry affair with lots of music, laughter and wine. All invited were having a wonderful time celebrating the marriage, but then a little problem arose. The wine had run out.
Jesus’s mother expressed her distress regarding the situation. So Jesus ordered nearby servants to fill jars with water, then draw some out and take it to the chief steward. The servants did as was bidden.
The chief steward tasted the water, then turned and remarked to the bridegroom that he had broken custom by saving the best for last (traditionally, the best wine was served first, followed by a vintage of inferior quality once guests were a little less sober).
Jesus had in fact, turned the water into wine. His disciples, mother, and other parties were thrilled and astonished. The celebrations continued, thanks to our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Healing the Royal Official’s Son
Jesus was speaking with a royal official. The official was in some amount of distress, due to his son being seriously ill some distance away, in Capernaum.
The official begged Jesus to accompany him to Capernaum, to help his son before he died. Jesus told the official to go. That his son would live.
The official took Jesus at his word and departed.
While the official was on the road to Capernaum, he was met by his servants. They brought word that his son had completely convalesced from his death bed. The fever had left him at one in the afternoon the previous day.
The official realized that that was the exact time he had spoken with Jesus. He returned home and told his family of the miracle that our Lord Jesus had performed.
The Healing of a Paralytic at Bethesda
Jesus was visiting Jerusalem for a Jewish feast. It was here that he came across a man lying in the street. The man had been paralyzed for thirty-eight years, unable to join the other denizens who were hurrying to a nearby pool. A pool that had special healing properties. A pool that when its waters are stirred, would heal anyone of any affliction of disease upon entering.
Jesus asked the hapless man why he wasn’t visiting the pool, didn’t he want to be cured too? The paralytic responded that even if he did manage to make it to the pool, he wouldn’t be able to handle the stirring of the waters alone.
Jesus tells the man to pick his mat up and walk down. Bemused, the man attempts what Jesus has asked of him. To his surprise he finds that he can, that he is cured of the terrible affliction that has hindered him for the past thirty-eight years.
The Feeding of the 5000
This one is also known as the “Miracle of the Five Loaves and Two Fish”.
Jesus, after receiving word of John the Baptist’s beheading, withdrew by boat to seek solitude. But upon landing, he found that crowds from nearby towns had followed him on foot. He took pity on them and healed their sick.
When evening fell, his disciples came to him and urged him to send the crowds away. It was getting late and that they needed food and rest. Jesus responded by telling his disciples that the crowds need to disperse, and that they should give them something to eat.
The disciples protested that they only had five loaves of bread and two fish, that it was barely enough for themselves, yet alone the whole crowd.
Jesus ignored their protests and commanded the crowds to sit on the ground. Jesus looked toward the heavens while giving thanks and breaking the bread. He then placed the fish and bread into baskets, and told his disciples to go forth and feed the hungry, which they did. All present went to sleep that night with a full stomach.
Walking on Water
This is perhaps the most well-known of the seven Miracles of Jesus, and carries on from the feeding of the 5000.
Jesus sent his disciples off by boat, so he could remain alone to pray. Night had fallen well and truly by this point, and their boat had been on the water for several hours. The sea had grown increasingly rough, and the disciples found themselves caught in a tempest.
Amidst the sea spray and howling wind, the disciples saw something coming towards them across the water which appeared to be a spirit.
Frightened, the disciples huddled together in the small boat. As the spirit grew closer, they realized that they had been mistaken. That it was not a spirit after all, but was Jesus. He was walking on water.
He told them not to be afraid, and climbed in the boat to join them. The wind suddenly died down, and the sea returned to its calm state. The tempest had gone.
Jesus and his disciples landed safely shortly after.
Healing the Man Born Blind
Jesus and his disciples came across a man who was blind. Who had been his whole life. His disciples, after looking upon the poor man, asked Jesus if he had been born blind through his own sins, or the sins of his parents. Jesus responded by saying that his blindness was not of anyone’s sins, but was in fact the work of God. That God had made this man blind from birth so that His power could be demonstrated upon the earth.
Jesus then spat upon the ground afore the blind man, and rubbed where it landed as to make mud. He then rubbed it in the blind man’s eyes, and told him to go forth and wash in the Pool of Siloam.
The man did, and found that he could now see.
The Raising of Lazarus
The seventh of the Miracles of Jesus, is The Raising of Lazarus, also known as The Resurrection of Lazarus.
Jesus receives a plea from two sisters, urging him to help their sick brother, Lazarus. He enigmatically states that “this sickness will not end in death”, and waylays his departure for two days.
On the road to Bethany, the home of Lazarus and his two sisters, he finds that Lazarus has been dead and buried for four days.
Outside the town, Jesus and his disciples are confronted by Lazarus’s sister Martha, she tells Jesus that if he had come when requested, her brother would not be in a tomb. Jesus tells her “I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die”.
Once entering the town proper, he is met by a group of people including Lazarus’s other sister, Mary. She is overcome with grief from the passing of her brother. Jesus is deeply moved. He weeps.
Jesus, his disciples, and the townsfolk gather at the tomb of Lazarus. The stone that covers its entrance is taken away.
“Lazarus, come forth!” Jesus commands.
Lazarus appears from the darkness of the tomb. He is shrouded by strips of linen and smeared with dirt. He is alive.
How The Miracles of Jesus Are Still Working Today
Even though Biblical times are long behind us, Jesus still performs miracles through his believers to this day. They may be large miracles, or they may be small ones, but with faith in the power of our Lord, you can experience them too.
Modern Day Miracles of Jesus
If you’re in doubt of that the Miracles of Jesus aren’t still at work to this day, take a look at these following headlines taken from recent newspapers all around the world.
He gave his life so that we can be saved, and still performs his miracles all across the world.