In our last section of this study, we defined exactly what miracles are and talked in depth about what they teach us about God. If you need to catch up, you can find Miraculous! The Miracles of Jesus: Introduction Part 1 here. Today, in this section, we will discuss what miracles teach us about Jesus and why exactly Jesus performed miracles. Let’s dive in and see what author C.S. Lewis had to say about what type of perspective we need to view this information.
WHAT DO MIRACLES TEACH US ABOUT JESUS?
C.S. Lewis said, “Christianity does not involve the belief that all things were made for man.” So, we need to change our hearts and our focus to ask the question:
“What does this teach me about Jesus?” And not, “What does this say about me?” If even the wind and the sea obey Jesus, then shouldn’t we be making Him Lord of our hearts and lives?
Scripture says that Jesus is:
- Victorious Lord of all – Col 1:15
- Lord over creation – Mk 4:39
- The One who overcomes evil – Lk 11:18-23
- The suffering servant who heals our infirmities – Mt 8:17
Miracles are parts of God’s holy Kingdom that break through to show us, to point us to the One who answers our needs. They don’t meet our needs, because Jesus does. Miracles teach us that Jesus is God’s glory purposed for redemption. He came to show us His power to heal, but most importantly, to show us that we have ALREADY been healed.
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” Col 1:19-20 (NIV)
WHY DID JESUS PERFORM MIRACLES?
That is a great question, my friends! We can turn to John the Baptist and Jesus to answer it. We see this wonderful Scripture from Matthew 11 that addresses that very question:
When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.” Mt 11:2-5 (NIV)
Jesus essentially refers to the prophesy which He fulfilled in Isaiah 61, in which He says:
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion… ” Is 61:1-3 (NIV)
Jesus is saying, “I am fulfilling everything that was foretold.” What He said to John tells us so much. He is saying that His purpose and the purpose of His miracles are that they are a sign of the prophecies fulfilled. That Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah. The miracles are a sign of His authority, power and glory, all given by God. All pointing back to the Father. And they are a sign of God’s love for us. A sign that God is not indifferent to our pain. And while these miracles show us that God is with us through our pain, the reality is that sometimes miracles don’t come. And when they don’t come, they are meant to draw us closer to Jesus and point us to God’s eternal Kingdom that is to come.
In every miracle that does occur, we can hear God whisper, “That is what my Kingdom is like. This is total healing. Total freedom. Total joy!” Miracles provide us with this in-breaking of the Kingdom but were never meant to replace it. Jesus joins us in waiting for the Kingdom, longing for the day when the need for miracles will be no more.
I’m looking forward to that day, aren’t you?
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your goodness and faithfulness. Thank you for your Word that tells us who you are and who you should be in our lives. Help us to remember that there is always a greater purpose than just what we may see. Give us an eternal perspective, seeing your Kingdom that is to come. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Looking to find Miraculous! The Miracles of Jesus: Introduction Part 1? You can find it here.