One of the most intriguing aspects of Jesus’ ministry was his miracles. The four Gospels record 37 of them (although more did occur) from making extra food to making dead people alive. The Bible says miracles were evidence of Jesus’ relationship to God the Father and to serve as added proof to his message of salvation. In our time, many people today are focused on whether he actually performed miracles or why we don’t see the same type of miracles today. So how do miracles work?
It’s not unusual for atheists or agnostics to state that seeing a miracle occur today in the scope of what Jesus did would convince them to believe in God. The thing is, we have no record of Jesus performing a miracle for that reason. Satan himself tried to get Jesus to work some wonders as proof of his deity but Jesus shot that down.
Author Philip Yancey provides some great insight into the miracles of Jesus to help us get a better handle on understanding them. He lays out 10 general thoughts in his essay Jesus and Miracles. Here are a couple of examples:
Jesus often hushed up his miracles, ordering people to “Tell no one” about them. He seemed wary of the kind of faith that miracles may produce: an attraction for show or for magic, not the kind of lifelong commitment he required.
Just during the time of Moses, the children of Israel could recall a plethora of miracles they personally witnessed. Yet it didn’t stop them from doubting or rebelling a short time later.
Though they did not solve all problems on earth, Jesus’ miracles were a sign of how the world should be, and someday will be.
On Earth, miracles are things that occur outside of the way things are supposed to work. But one day soon, what we used to view as miraculous will be seen as the most natural.
Read the rest of Yancey’s observations here and see what you think.