Are Miracles Real ?
What is a Miracle ? The Merriam Webster Dictionary definition is:An Extra Ordinary Event manifesting Divine Intervention in Human Affairs ! In other words it is “Heaven coming down to the Earth ! In this Post you will learn what the Bible says about Miracles, you will see some people in the Bible that received Miracles and What Causes Jesus to Work Miracles !
Peaks and Valleys of Miracles
The history of Miracles in the Bible is interesting. There are “Peaks and Valleys” of Miracles. A Peak of Miracles is during the Exodus when God delivered Israel from the Egyptians and since Pharaoh did not want to let the people of Israel go God had to do numerous Miracles to deliver them.Then there was a Decline in Miracles during the time of the Judges,David and Solomon we do not hear of many Miracles. Next there was a Peak of Miracles in the lives of Elijah and Elisha.God gave Elisha a double portion of the anointing that was on Elijah and he did twice as many Miracles ! Then there was a Decline again during the time of the Minor Prophets and then during the Life & Ministry of Jesus there was the greatest Peak in Miracles in the Bible. The Gospels record over 40 Miracles by Jesus.
Some say you cannot prove that God exist.There are a total of over 109 Miracles in the Bible. I would say that does prove that God exist.
Why does God work Miracles ? Miracles testify that God is God ! It shows His Credentials,Evidence and Proof that He is God !
A Blind Man Receives a Miracle
In John 9:1-25 it says: There was a man blind from birth and Jesus healed him and he could now see ! The Pharisees said to the blind man “who opened your eyes” ? The blind man told them a man named Jesus. The Pharisees said, Jesus was not from God because He healed the blind man on the Sabbath.These Jews did not believe he was born blind so they asked the parents of the man. The Jews said “is this your son ? Was he born blind ? If he was born blind how can he see ? The parents said, “This is our son and yes he was born blind but how he can see we do not know. The parents then said ask him.So the Jews asked the man that was born blind and they said “Give God the Glory we know this man Jesus is a sinner”. The man that was blind said “Whether Jesus is a sinner or not I do not know. But one thing I know. I once was blind but now I see”.
John 20:30-31 it says: Jesus did many other Miracles not written in this book but these are written that you may believe that He is the Christ, the Son of God.
John 21:25 it says: There are many other things that Jesus did and if they were all written the world itself could not contain the books.
Why is it that some people receive Miracles from God and others do not ? The Bible says God is no respector of persons. The answer is some people do certain things which causes Jesus to work Miracles for them and others do not.
We are going to look at three people in the Bible that received Miracles from Jesus and watch carefully what each one of them did.
A Leper Receives A Miracle
In Matthew 8:1-3 it says: A leper came to Jesus and worshiped Him and said “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean”. Jesus put out His hand and touched him and said “I am willing be cleansed”. Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
What did this leper do before he asked Jesus for healing ? He Worshiped Him.
A Woman Receives a Miracle for her Daughter
In Matthew 15:21-28 it says: A woman from Canaan came to Jesus begging and saying “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David My daughter is severely demon possessed.Jesus did not even respond to her.Then she came to Jesus and Worshiped Him. Then Jesus tested her faith and said He was only sent to the people of Israel and that it is not good to take the children’s bread and give it to dogs. Canaanites were considered dogs to the Jews. The woman said but dogs will eat the crumbs that fall from their masters tables. In other words the woman was saying no matter what you say against me I am still going to believe in you.Jesus said to her “Great is your faith” and her daughter was healed that very hour.
Begging got her nothing but worship got her a Miracle !
Another Blind Man Receives a Miracle
In Mark 10:46-52 it says: As Jesus was leaving Jericho Blind Bartimaeus began to cry out and said, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me” ! People told him “be quiet,hold your peace another translation said shut up”. Then he cried out louder “Jesus,Son of David, have mercy on me” ! Then Jesus stood still and called for the man to be brought to Him.The blind man threw off his coat and came to Jesus. This is significant because his coat represented to society that he was a blind beggar and that is how he made his living. He threw off the coat showing his complete faith in Jesus ! Then Jesus said to him “what do you want me to do for you” ? Well it should be obvious what a blind man wants but the reason Jesus said this is because He wanted to get a specific confession from him. Bartimaeus said “Lord I want to receive my sight”. Jesus said “Go your way your faith has made you well”. Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.As Bartimaeus was crying out he was worshiping Jesus that is why he received a Miracle.
True Worship Produces Miracles
In John 4:23 it says: ..true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth for the Father is seeking such to worship him.
God is looking for true worshipers that will worship Him in spirit and in truth and for those worshipers He will give them Miracles !
This is what we can do to get Jesus to work Miracles which is worship Him in spirit and in truth.