What are Miracles, Signs & Wonders ?
God is a God of Miracles,Signs Wonders !
Acts 2:22 says Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst. This verse says Jesus did Miracles, Signs and Wonders.
What is a Miracle ?
What is a Miracle ? According to the dictionary a Miracle is a divine intervention into human affairs.Or, as I say simply it is Heaven manifesting itself in the earth.
What is a Sign ?
What is Sign ? The New Testament Greek definition of the word Sign is: Something that confirms God is who He says He is and something only God can do.
Signs from God
In Matthew 12:38-40 says Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered saying “Teacher we want to see a sign from You”.But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Jesus was saying that Jonah being in the belly of a fish for three days and nights and living through it and Jesus resurrection from the dead were Signs from God !
Isaiah 7:14 says the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Jesus being born of a virgin was a Sign from God ! That had never be done before therefore it truly qualifies as a Sign from God.
John 2:1-11 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine”. Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come”. His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it”. Now there were set there six water pots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the water pots with water”. And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast”. And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from but the servants who had drawn the water knew, the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And the said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now !” This beginning of Signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.
This was the first Sign that Jesus did turning water into wine.
John 4:46-54 says so Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine.And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see Signs and wonders, you will by no means believe. The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies”. Jesus said to him, “Go your way your son lives”. So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying “Your son lives” ! Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him”.So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives”. And he himself believed, and his whole household. This again is the second Sign Jesus did when He had come out of Judea into Galilee.
John 11:38-47 says Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone”. Martha , the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days”. Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God “? Then they took away the stone from the placed where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said . “Father, I thank You that have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me”. Now when He had said these things he cried with a loud voice. “Lazarus, come forth” ! And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth.Jesus said to “Loose him, and let him go”.Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him. But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did. Then the chief priests and Pharisees gathered a council and said, What shall we do ? For this Man works many Signs…
Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and this was such an incredible display of the power of God that even His enemies the said it was a Sign !
So as we can see from all of the above scriptures that God does certain things to show that He is who He says He is.