In this article, I would like to discuss the 7 miracles that Jesus performed in the Bible. They include Jesus turning water into wine, walking on water, healing an official’s son, raising a crippled man, feeding over 5,000 people, restoring eyesight to the blind, and raising Lazarus from the dead. These miracles reveal that Jesus was more than just a prophet or moral teacher. He was God’s only begotten Son with infinite power and glory.
1. Jesus turns water into wine (Jn 2:1-12). At the wedding in Cana of Galilee, Jesus altered the chemical composition from water to wine. This miracle revealed Jesus’ glory and power over creation. It also symbolized a key component of His ministry: The replacement of the old order, the water of ceremonial cleansing and the temple—with the new wine of salvation and the risen Lamb as the new temple (Is. 25:6-9; Rev. 21:22). How does this truth change your perspective of God’s glory?
2. The Son of Man heals an official’s son without even going to see the body (Jn. 4:46-54). This miracle demonstrated that God was not limited by geography, but is present everywhere (omniscient). He was able to heal the Nobleman’s son at the exact hour the request was made. Moreover, this event showed Jesus was not only reaching out to the Jewish people, but despised people who are less than kosher, including a Samaritan adulteress and here a Herodian official (Jn.4:1-54). Are you reaching out to the people who are despised by the world and offering them the Good News like Jesus, or are you afraid of what others might think?
3. The Christ heals a crippled man on the Sabbath (Jn. 5:1-17). The next miracle indicated that Jesus wasn’t limited by time but is always working. He is all-powerful and never subject to growing weary or tired. The religious leaders were not happy that Jesus was healing on the Sabbath. They believed it conflicted with the law of Moses (Ex. 35:2) so they attempted to stop Jesus, but He responded to them: “My Father is still working, and I am too.” What does this passage teach us about the dangers of legalism?
4. The Messiah feeds 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish (Jn. 6:1-14). The following miracle once again illustrated the power and authority Jesus has over creation. He was able to call down bread from heaven and give daily sustenance to thousands of people. More importantly, Jesus taught His disciples by this event that He is the “bread of life” and the source of nourishment, both physical and spiritual. The Bible informs us that if we seek Him with all our heart, He will be found (Deut. 4:29; Jer. 29:13; Matt. 7:7). How often do you seek the Lord to receive nourishment?
5. The King of Kings walks on water (Jn. 6:16-21). This account communicated the importance of faith and the control of Jesus over nature. He is not limited by physics, but was able to supernaturally defy the laws of gravity. Moreover, biblical scholars viewed this narrative as instrumental in asserting the divinity of Jesus to His disciples and the final turning point for the remainder of the gospels. When Jesus got into the boat they worshiped, He said: “It is true that You are the Son of God” (Matt. 14:33). At what point did you come to the realization that Jesus was more than a prophet, wise man, or good person; that He was God in the flesh?
6. The God-Man heals a man born blind (Jn. 9:1-41). This miracle is only reported in John’s gospel. This story exhibited that Jesus brought light into the world, both physical and spiritual. When Jesus spoke to the people, He said: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (Jn. 8:12). When the light of life comes into your life, it produces healthy fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23). Do you have the light of life or are you still walking in darkness, following the lusts of the flesh, the devil, and the world?
7. The Savior of the world raises Lazarus from the dead (Jn. 11:17-44). The final miracle I wanted to discuss was the raising of Lazarus—the climax of John’s “signs.” It displayed Jesus’ power over the greatest foe of mankind: death. All of us will inevitably face this giant, but the good news is that even death is no match for the Son of God. Are you looking forward to the second coming of Christ, when Jesus will come down from heaven, with a loud command and the trumpet call of God to resurrect our bodies from the dead? (1 Thess. 4:16) From that day forward, every sorrowful tear that we shed will be vanquished and the peace that surpasses all understanding will pervade throughout eternity. Praise Him!
Article written by Chad A. Damitz