JESUS MIRACLES

JESUS MIRACLES

 

 

 

 

 

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In defining the deity of Christ, it is considered an important doctrine that is substantiated by Bible. The assertion derived from this doctrine is that the Christ was and is God’s incarnate and its affirmation is through the miracles that he performed. This view has been held by many Christians all over the world. Different denominations in the Christian faith differ in their biblical views of Jesus’ Deity with some believing in the equality of the Son to God while others basing their belief that Jesus is God himself. The deity of Christ is validated by the Doctrine of Trinity, whereby God is seen to exist as coequal persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In an age where the end of times events are unraveling, the deity of Christ should be a meaning understood by the Christian lot. The miracles performed by Jesus in his brief period in human form is the core foundation of the Deity of Christ, as God’s incarnate and evidence of his divinity.

The first miracle was the turning of water into wine. Jesus of Nazareth attended a wedding feast in the company of his mother and his first few disciples. Most of the Jewish weddings in those times ensured that the guests were provided for food and wine. As the wedding celebration progressed, an issue occurred. The wine had run out. The implication of this miscalculation would tantamount to the humiliation the bride’s and bridegroom’s families (Okafor 2013). In an effort to save the situation from resulting to the embarrassment of the couple, Mary turned to Jesus and notified Him that the wine was over. Jesus was reluctant telling his mother that his time was not yet and that she should not involve him in that matter. Despite his reluctance, he ordered the servant to fill the six jars with water each jar contained an approximated 30 gallons. These jars were used by the Jews to clean their cutlery and wash their hands prior to eating a meal during the celebration this was known as the ceremonial washing (Bowman, Robert and Komoszewski 2007). Jesus ordered that some of the water to be drawn out and given to the master of the ceremony, who was in charge of the food and drink. Astounded by the quality of the wine, the steward complimented the couple for serving the best quality of wine throughout the whole ceremony. The significant of this miraculous sign revealed the Jesus is indeed the Son of the Most High. He illustrated that he had power of natural elements such as water thus conceiving the beginning of this Gospel (Okafor 2013).The likeness of Jesus as God can also be attested to the fact that the Almighty cares about all aspects of the human life. The wine running out situation did not warrant a miracle, however, due to the love and concern, Christ changed the water into the best quality of wine.

The ideology of Christ’s deity extends to the next miracle that he performed at the mount during his sermon. It all started when Jesus was going about his daily ministerial work when he received bad tidings of the beheading of John the Baptist, his kinsmen, by Herod Antipas the ruler of Galilee during that time. He set out for the journey with his disciples who were just from a missionary task. Great crowds had gathered after receiving the news that Christ traveling towards the city. On his arrival, he was met by the great multitude and he taught them about the kingdom of God. “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” (John 6:5, NIV). This was a test to Philip, as Jesus already knew what he was going to do. Philips response was that even a combined salary of eight months was not sufficient to feed this, multitude. Andrew who had more faith in the power of Christ brought a young boy who with him had five loaves of bread and two small fish. Jesus commanded the multitude to sit in groups of fifty and he blessed the food provided by the little boy. After thanksgiving, he implored the disciples to distribute the food. To the amusement of the multitude and the disciples, the food was more than enough as everyone ate to their fill. Twelve baskets full of bread and fish were collected after everyone was satisfied to avoid wastage of food. The miracle performed by Jesus proved he was not an ordinary being (Bowman, Robert and Komoszewski 2007). He blessed the food before it was distributed to attest to the fact that his miracles were God ordained (Towns 2003). The proof of him being the messiah was undoubted after this miracle. He was forced to flee the people, as they wanted to make him their physical king after witnessing his great wonders.

The order of events after the feeding of the 5000 was yet to prove of the power that Jesus possessed. The disciples had been sent to cross the Sea of Galilee by Jesus. Later in the night, they were under siege of a great storm that threatened to overturn the boat. Jesus appeared and walked towards the boat as He calmed the storm. At first glance, the disciples thought he was a ghost. They realized it was Jesus and moved towards him not being able to understand how he managed to walk on water. Peter replies, “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.” After being invited by Jesus, Peter walked on the water with his eyes fixed on the Lord, the brief period he shifted his gaze towards the waves of the water, he began to sink and the Lord rescued him. They climbed aboard while the storm subsided. The disciples are astounded by this miraculous sign saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” (Matthew 14:33, NIV) This illustrated the Jesus had power of the natural phenomenon such as the storm and had the ability to calm. This coincides with the miracle that God performed where he split the Red sea to allow the Israelites.

The power over death was also a significant miracle belief that contributes major to the fact most Christians believe in the trinity that states that Jesus is a deity and part of the trinity. Lazarus and his two sisters namely Mary and Martha had been friends with Jesus for a long time. After Lazarus was overwhelmed with sickness, the two sisters sent word to Jesus to go and heal their brother. After receiving the news, he waited for two more days and on the third day, he traveled to Bethany. On his arrival, he was informed that Lazarus had already been dead for four days and had been laid in the tomb. He was met with Mary who said “Lord,” she said, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11:21, NIV) He assured her that her brother would rise again which to Mary meant the final resurrection of the dead. The words that followed depicts that Jesus has God’s likeness as he said, “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.” (Jn 11:25, NIV). This scene also showed that Jesus was human like in some aspects for he wept with the two sisters after seeing the deep grief they felt after their brother’s demise. He went to the tomb with Lazarus’s sisters together with the mourners. He gazed into the heavens and prayed, he concluded the prayer by calling Lazarus to come out of the tomb that he did. Jesus commanded the mourner to remove the clothes hen was buried. This miracle showed that Jesus indeed had power over death unlike any other prophet. The power he possessed can only be equated to God’s power (Morris 2006). The most fascinating feature about the miracle that he performed is that he always prayed before performing them. This means that the power was ordained by God’s but overall he indeed had God’s likeness that is characteristic to the trinity as the three embody and mirror each other.

The healing power portrayed by Jesus also showed that he had the power over sicknesses and malaises. He had the power to cure the defects of birth such as blindness and exorcise demons that took possession of the human body (Towns 2003). There are three instances elaborated in the bible where all this miraculous signs took place thus showing that Jesus was not a mere creation of God but rather a true reflection of his heavenly father. The first miracle that showed the healing power was that of the paralytic man in Capernaum. On entering the city of Capernaum, the news of his arrival spread and created a frenzy with myriads of people gathering to listen to his preaching’s. The room in which Jesus was too packed that there was no more room left even outside the door. He commenced with his preaching of the word to his followers. A group of men came carrying a paralyzed man. seeing as they could not enter through the door, they climbed on the roof and made a slight opening through which they would lower the man in. after seeing how this men had strong belief that Jesus would heal this man, he said to him, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mat 9:2, NIV). This statement created and upheaval from the Pharisees and scribe for felt the Jesus was being blasphemous. He is able to perceive their thoughts that also show that he was no ordinary man or angel (Morris 2006). The notion created when he tells the healed man that his sin are forgiven is that he had the power to absolve sins and as the Pharisees had mentioned only God had the power to forgive sins, and they were right. Jesus a representation of God and he had been embodied with the power of the Almighty (Towns 2003). To the astonishment of the crows, the man stood up, rolled his mat and he had been healed. A similar situation of healing is the demonic healing of the man who had been possessed by a legion of demons. The setting was at the lake region of Gerasenes where they encountered a man who had an impure spirit. He had taken residence inside the tomb. On seeing Jesus, the man ran up to him and asked what he wanted from him. He said, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” (Luke 8:28, NIV). He demanded the demons to release the man’s soul. The demons quivered in the presence of the Lord which proves that he indeed had the power to cast out the demons that had infiltrated the mans body. He cursed out the legion of demons out of the man and ordered them to enter the pigs that were nearby. The fact that the demons acknowledged Jesus as the Son of God showed that he had the power and likeness that resembled that of his heavenly father. He was not a mere mortal like the human race.

The deity of Jesus has remained to be the most debated topic in the religious realm. However, all the biblical facts support the idea that Jesus was not a mere human created by God to fulfill his purpose on earth as the sacrificial lamb that was slain to save the human race from it sinful nature. He is revered as the great teacher that performed awe-inspiring miracles and his compassion is compared to that of God. The demons as depicted in the exorcism of the Man possessed by a legion of demons illustrates that he was known in the demonic world as the son of the Most High  and had the power to extinguish them. Jesus deity is as real as God is in the spiritual realm.

 

 

 

Bibliography

Bowman, Robert M., and J. Ed Komoszewski. 2007. Putting Jesus in his place: the case for the deity of Christ. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications.

International Bible Society. 2007. NIV Bible. London: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.

Morris, Brian. 2006. Religion and anthropology: a critical introduction. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Towns, Elmer L. 2003. Bible answers for almost all your questions. Nashville: T. Nelson.

Okafor, Alex O. 2013. Proving the Deity of Jesus. Yorkton: Red Leaf Pr

 

 

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