The 7 Miracles of Jesus

Ivan Aivazovsky's painting Walking on Water (1888)
Ivan Aivazovsky’s painting Walking on Water (1888) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. Jesus turns water into wine (Jn 2:1-12). At the wedding in Cana of Galilee, Jesus alters the chemical composition from water to wine. This miracle reveals Jesus’ glory and power over creation. It also symbolizes 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 reveals that God is 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 reveals Jesus is 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 miracle shows that Jesus isn’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). This miracle once again demonstrates the power and authority Jesus has over creation. He is able to call down bread from heaven and give daily sustenance to thousands of people. More importantly, Jesus teaches 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 communicates 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 view this narrative as instrumental in asserting the divinity of Jesus to His disciples and the turning point for the remainder of the gospels. When Jesus got into the boat they worshiped and 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 exhibits that Jesus brings 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 miracle of raising Lazarus is the climax of John’s “signs.” It displays 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!

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