Monday, March 4, 2013

The Real Truth About Jesus Christ (Part 4)

3. His Works and Miracles 
The Apostle Peter said about the Lord Jesus Christ that “He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with Him” (Acts 10:38). 

The most important thing for Jesus was to do God’s will. In fact it was more important to Him than food. He said once, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work” (John 4:34). We often see Him spending much time in prayer – even all night long on certain occasions. 

He also claimed to do only what pleased His Father (John 8:29). No wonder God said about Him: “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17; 17:5). Jesus spent almost all of His time doing good. He comforted those who mourned. He reassured sinners of God’s love, telling them that He wasn’t anxious to judge them but rather that they repent and believe in Him. He performed many wonderful miracles that no one else had ever done for the benefit of needy people. 

A. Healing the Sick – Jesus went through many villages and towns, teaching and preaching the Good News of the Kingdom and healing every disease and sickness (Matthew 9:35). 

In Mark 2:1-12 four friends brought a paralyzed man to Jesus and He said to him, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” This made the religious leaders angry because they said only God can forgive sins; of course, they didn’t believe Jesus was God. Then Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Arise, take up your bed, and go your way to your house.” He was healed instantly and got up, picked up his couch and walked away. The people were amazed and praised God for what had happened. What did Jesus accomplish by doing this miracle? A very sick man was made well, people praised God for His mercy, and Christ’s ability to forgive sins was backed up by His power to heal. No ordinary man could forgive sins or heal a paralyzed man. 

B. Restoring Sight to the Blind – It is a well known fact that Jesus Christ is the only One who ever opened the eyes of blind people. One day He saw a man that was born blind and healed him. The blind man told everyone, “I was blind, but now I see!” (See John 9 for the whole story.) 

Another time there was a blind man sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that Jesus was passing by he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” The people around him told him to be quiet, but Jesus heard him and and came to where he was and restored the man’s eyesight (Mark 10:46-52). 

C. Healing of Leprosy – People who had leprosy were not allowed to be around healthy people, according to the Law of Moses. They were to be isolated because of the contagious nature of this disease. One time He healed ten men who had leprosy all at the same time (Luke 17:11-19). However, only one came back to thank Jesus for what He had done for him. 

D. Casting Out Demons – Many people were demon-possessed during Jesus’ earthly life. People suffered much from them, but with just a word Jesus expelled the demons. One day a demon–possessed man who lived in a cemetery met Jesus. He was a wild man and no one could tame him or even bind him with chains because he would always break loose. Jesus simply said, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!” Not just one demon but many came out of him. The man was no longer wild but in his right mind. The man begged Jesus to go with Him but Jesus told him to go back home to his friends and tell them what great things the Lord had done for him. He obeyed (See Mark 5:1-20). 

E. Raising the Dead – Jesus’ power wasn’t limited to healing sick people. He could even raise a dead person to life. One time He was entering a city called Nain with His disciples. Coming out of the city was a funeral procession. A widow’s only son had died. When He saw her crying, Jesus felt sorry for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” He turned to the coffin and said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” The dead man sat up and began to speak. The people were amazed at His power and praised God. They recognized Him as a great prophet but He was much more than that. He was God who became a man! (Luke 7:11-17). 

Another time He raised up a man named Lazarus, who had been dead four days. This story is found in John 11. 

F. His Power Over Nature – One day Jesus was in a boat with His disciples and He fell asleep. Suddenly a windstorm came down on the lake and the boat was filling up with water. The disciples were frightened and awoke Jesus. He immediately rebuked the wind and the waves and they became calm. The disciples could hardly believe their eyes. “He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!” they exclaimed (Luke 8:25). 

Another time Jesus was spending time in prayer and the disciples were crossing the lake in a boat. A strong wind was blowing against them while they were rowing. Jesus knew they were in trouble so He simply walked to them on top of the water. Of course, the disciples were frightened but when He got closer they realized that it was Jesus. When Jesus stepped into the boat, the wind suddenly died down. The disciples were amazed and worshiped Him exclaiming, “Truly You are the Son of God!” (Matthew 14:22–33). 

G. Feeding Thousands of Hungry People – Great crowds often came to listen to Jesus preach. Once they were in a place were there was no food available. He said to His disciples, “I have compassion on the multitude … because they have nothing to eat.” His disciples told Him they only had seven loaves and some fish. Jesus took this food, gave thanks for it and had His disciples pass it out to the crowd. The Bible records that there were four thousand men plus women and children there! Now we know that seven loaves of bread and a few fish could never feed that many people. But all the people ate and were filled and the disciples gathered seven large baskets of leftovers (Matthew 15:32-39). Another time Jesus fed five thousand men with five loaves and two fish (John 6:5–14). 

These are only a few of the miracles that the Lord Jesus Christ did when He lived on earth, and not all His wonderful works were written down according to John. “But” he writes, “these were written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:30-31). 

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