The Evidence Of His Miracles

 

Not only did He predict many things, but He performed many, many miracles. Beyond recognition, beyond description, are the miracles He performed. In fact the New Testament records some thirty seven miracles that Jesus performed. Thirty seven miracles that He performed, but there were many other miracles.

John 20:30-31 "30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."

So you see, there are many more miracles than this. We will look at two. Two that no one has ever been able to say were not done. In fact they were done before too many people for them to be denied.

People on their way up to Jerusalem wanted to see Jesus. Jesus was around the Sea of Galilee and great crowds of people began to gather. The Bible says there were five thousand men, not including women and children. So there were around fifteen thousand people...

Matthew 14:13-14 "13 Now when Jesus heard it, he withdrew from thence in a boat, to a desert place apart: and when the multitudes heard thereof, they followed him on foot from the cities. 14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick."

These people have spent all day with Jesus. He has healed the sick, He has taught them, and they have spent the whole day with Him.

Matthew 14:15-16 "15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. 16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat."

Now there are about fifteen thousand people, and Jesus has told His twelve disciples to give them something to eat...

Matthew 14:17-19 "17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. 18 He said, Bring them hither to me. 19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude."

Jesus asked the people to sit down. Then He took the bread and fish and blessed them, and began to break them, and they multiplied right there in his hands, and then the disciples began to pass them out to the people...

Matthew 14:20-21 "20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. 21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children."

You see, you can't perform a miracle in front of fifteen thousand people and have it denied.

Another miracle Jesus performed, probably one of His greatest miracles, was for His friend Lazarus. You see Jesus had some friends; their names were Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Lazarus had become ill; Mary and Martha had sent a note to Jesus saying, Lazarus is sick, please come. Jesus at that time was in a place called Caesarea Philippi, which is about two days by foot from Bethany.

For some reason He doesn't go immediately, He stays another two days there. After two days He and His disciples head to Bethany. When they get to Bethany Lazarus has died. Martha and Mary talk to Jesus and He asks them to show Him where the tomb is. When they arrive at the tomb He says...

John 11:39-44 "39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. 40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. 43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go."

Lazarus, who had been dead for four days, came out of that tomb bound in grave cloths. Jesus said, release him, let him go.

This really bought the end of Jesus' life, because the Pharisees had always opposed Him, but the Sadducees who were the ruling priests at that time had not been so outwardly in opposition to Jesus. But the Sadducees believed that when you died there was no resurrection, so when Jesus brought forth Lazarus from the grave, they united with the Pharisees to put Him to death.

All these things that Christ prophesised, the miracles that He performed, are all evidence why you and I should believe in Him.

 

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