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The Sharia of Christ in the GOSPEL
B - COMMANDS OF CHRIST IN CONNECTION WITH HIS MIRACLES
1. Blind Men Healed
2. Paralytics are Healed
3. The Deaf-Mute are Healed
4. An Epileptic is Healed
5. The Demon-Possessed Healed
6. Various Diseases are Healed
7. The Lepers are Healed
8. The Dead are Raised
9. The Authority of Jesus at Lake Tiberias
10. Multiplying Wine and Bread
1. Blind Men Healed
Matthew 9:27-30 -- 27
When Jesus departed from there, two blind men
followed Him, crying out and saying, "Son of David, have mercy on us!
And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to Him, "Yes, LORD." 29
Then He touched their eyes
, saying, "According to your faith let it be to you.
And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them
, saying, "See that no one knows it.
Mark 8:22-26 -- 22
Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. 23 So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything
And he looked up and said, "I see men like trees, walking." 25 Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly
Then He sent him away to his house
, saying, "Neither go into the town, nor tell anyone in the town.
Mark 10:46-52 -- 46
Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. 47
And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David
, have mercy on me!" 48
Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David
, have mercy on me!" 49
So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called
. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, "Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you." 50
And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. 51
So Jesus answered and said to him, "What do you want Me to do for you?" The blind man said to Him, "Rabboni, that I may receive my sight." 52
Then Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well.
" And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road. (Matthew 20:29-34; Luke 18:35-43
John 9:1-7 -- 1 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" 3 Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. 4 I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." 6 When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. 7 And He said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.
2. Paralytics are Healed
Matthew 8:5-10,13 -- 5
Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, 6
saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented." 7
And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him.
The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed
For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." 10
When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, "Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!
Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.
" And his servant was healed that same hour. (See also Luke 7:1-10; John 4:,46-53
Matthew 9:2-7 -- 2
Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.
And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, "This Man blasphemes!" 4
But Jesus, knowing their thoughts
, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5
For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise and walk'? 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins
" -- then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.
" 7 And he arose and departed to his house. (Mark 2: 1- 12; Luke 5: 17- 26
Matthew 12:10-16 -- 10 And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?" -- that they might accuse Him. 11 Then He said to them, "What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out? 12 Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath." 13 Then He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other. 14 Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him. 15 But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. 16 Yet He warned them not to make Him known. (Mark 3:1-6; Luke 6:6-11)
3. The Deaf-Mute are Healed
Matthew 12:22-24 -- 22
Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him
, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. 23
And all the multitudes were amazed and said, "Could this be the Son of David
Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, "This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons." (Mark 3:22-27; Luke 11:14-23
Matthew 9:32-33 -- 32
As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed. 33
And when the demon was cast out
, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying, "It was never seen like this in Israel!"
Mark 7:31-37 -- 31 Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came through the midst of the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee. 32 Then they brought to Him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged Him to put His hand on him. 33 And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue. 34 Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened." 35 Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly. 36 Then He commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more He commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it. 37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak."
4. An Epileptic is Healed
Mark 9:14-29 -- 14 And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them. 15 Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him. 16 And He asked the scribes, "What are you discussing with them?" 17 Then one of the crowd answered and said, "Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. 18 And wherever he seizes him, he throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast him out, but they could not." 19 He answered him and said, "O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me." 20 Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. 21 So He asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" And he said, "From childhood. 22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us." 23 Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!" 25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!" 26 Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, "He is dead." 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28 And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, "Why could we not cast him out?" 29 So He said to them, "This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting." (Matthew 17:14-21; Luke 9:37-42)
5. The Demon-Possessed Healed
Mark 5:1-13, 18-20 -- 1
Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes. 2
And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3
who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, 4
because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. 5
And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones. 6
When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. 7
And he cried out with a loud voice and said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.
For He said to him, "Come out of the man, unclean spirit!
Then He asked him, "What is your name?" And he answered, saying, "My name is Legion; for we are many.
Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country. 11
Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains. -- 12
So all the demons begged Him, saying, "Send us to the swine, that we may enter them." 13
And at once Jesus gave them permission
. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea. … 18
And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. 19
However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.
And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled. (Matthew 8:28-34; Luke 8:26-37
Matthew 15:21-28 -- 21 Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed." 23 But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, "Send her away, for she cries out after us." 24 But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." 25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, help me!" 26 But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs." 27 And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table." 28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour. (See also Mark 7:24-30)
6. Various Diseases are Healed
Matthew 8:14-17 -- 14
Now when Jesus had come into Peter's house, He saw his wife's mother lying sick with a fever. 15 So He touched her hand
, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them. 16
When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word
, and healed all who were sick, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: "He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.
" (See also Mark 1:29-34; Luke 4:38-41
Mark 5:25-34 -- 25
Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26
and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27
When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment; 28
for she said, "If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.
Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. 30
And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him
, turned around in the crowd and said, "Who touched My clothes?" 31
But His disciples said to Him, "You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?' " 32
And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. 33
But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34
And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.
John 5:2-16 -- 2
Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. 3
In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. 4
For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. 5
Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years
When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?
The sick man answered Him, "Sir, I have no man
to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me." 8
Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your bed and walk.
And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. 10
The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, "It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed." 11
He answered them, "He who made me well said to me, 'Take up your bed and walk.' " 12
Then they asked him, "Who is the Man who said to you, 'Take up your bed and walk'?" 13
But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. 14
Afterward Jesus found him in the temple
, and said to him, "See
, you have been made well. Sin no more
, lest a worse thing come upon you." 15
The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. 16
For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath.
Luke 14:1-6 -- 1
Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely. 2
And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy. 3
And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?" 4
But they kept silent. And He took him and healed him, and let him go. 5
Then He answered them, saying, "Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?" 6
And they could not answer Him regarding these things.
Luke 13:10-17 -- 10
Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11
And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. 12
But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, "Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.
" 13 And He laid His hands on her
, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. 14
But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, "There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day." 15
The Lord then answered him and said, "Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? 16 So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound -- think ofi -- for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?
And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.
Luke 22:47.50-51 -- 47 And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. … 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51 But Jesus answered and said, "Permit even this." And He touched his ear and healed him. (See also Matthew 26:51; Mark 14:47; John 18:10)
7. The Lepers are Healed
Matthew 8:2-4 -- 2
And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him
, saying, "LORD, if You are willing, You can make me clean." 3
Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing; be cleansed.
" Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4
And Jesus said to him, "See that you tell no one
; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.
" (See also Mark 1:40-44; Luke 5:12-15
Luke 17:12-19 -- 12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" 14 So when He saw them, He said to them, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. 17 So Jesus answered and said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?" 19 And He said to him, "Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well."
8. The Dead are Raised
Mark 5:21-24, 35-43 -- 21
Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea. 22
And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus
by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 23
and begged Him earnestly, saying, "My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live." 24 So Jesus went with him
, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him. … -- 35
While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue's house who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?" 36
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not be afraid; only believe.
And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. 38
Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. 39
When He came in, He said to them, "Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping." 40
And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. 41
Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, "Talitha, cumi,"
which is translated, "Little girl, I say to you, arise." 42 Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement. 43
But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that something should be given her to eat. (See also Matthew 9:18-26; Luke 8:40-56
Luke 7:11-15 -- 11
Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain
; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. 12
And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man
was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. 13
When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep.
Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, arise.
" 15 So he who was dead sat up and began to speak.
And He presented him to his mother.
John 11:32-45 -- 32 Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, "LORD, if You had been here, my brother would not have died." 33 Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. 34 And He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to Him, "Lord, come and see." 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, "See how He loved him!" 37 And some of them said, "Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?" -- 38 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 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." 40 Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?" 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, "Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 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." 43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!" 44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Loose him, and let him go." 45 Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him.
9. The Authority of Jesus at Lake Tiberias
Luke 5:1-11 -- 1
So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2
and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3
Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. 4
When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.
But Simon answered and said to Him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net
And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7
So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8
When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O LORD!
For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10
and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men." 11
So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him. (See also Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20
Matthew 8:18.23-27 -- 18
And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side
. … 23
Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24
And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. 25
Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "LORD, save us! We are perishing!
But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27
So the men marveled, saying, "Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?" (See also Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25
Matthew 14:23-36 -- 23
And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray
. Now when evening came, He was alone there. 24
But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. 25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26
And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear
But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.
And Peter answered Him and said, "LORD, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." 29
So He said, "Come.
" And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30
But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "LORD, save me!
" 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him
, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" 32
And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, "Truly You are the Son of God."
(See also Mark 6:45-52, John 6:15-21
) -- 34
When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret. 35
And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick, 36
and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment
. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.
(See also Mark: 53- 56
Matthew 17:24-27 -- 24
When they had come to Capernaum, those who received the temple tax came to Peter and said, "Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?" 25
He said, "Yes." And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?" 26
Peter said to Him, "From strangers." Jesus said to him, "Then the sons are free. 27
Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.
John 21:3-7.14 -- 3 Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We are going with you also." They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. 4 But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Then Jesus said to them, "Children, have you any food?" They answered Him, "No." 6 And He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. 7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. … 14 This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.
10. Multiplying Wine and Bread
John 2:1-11 -- 1
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2
Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3
And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, "They have no wine." 4
Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come." 5
His mother said to the servants, "Whatever He says to you, do it.
" 6 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews
, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. 7
Jesus said to them, "Fill the waterpots with water.
" And they filled them up to the brim. 8
And He said to them, "Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.
" And they took it. 9
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. 10
And he 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!" 11
This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.
Matthew 14:13-22 -- 13
When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities. 14
And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. 15
When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food." 16
But Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.
And they said to Him, "We have here only five loaves and two fish." 18
He said, "Bring them here to Me.
" 19 Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass.
And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed
and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. 20
So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. 21
Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men
, besides women and children. -- 22
Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. (See also Mark 6:31-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 1:6-13
Matthew 15:32-38 -- 32
Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, "I have compassion
on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat
. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way." 33
Then His disciples said to Him, "Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?" 34
Jesus said to them, "How many loaves do you have?" And they said, "Seven, and a few little fish." 35 So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. 36
And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples
; and the disciples gave to the multitude. 37
So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. 38
Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. (See also Mark 8:1-10
Matthew 21:18-22 -- 18
Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. 19
And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, "Let no fruit grow on you ever again.
" And immediately the fig tree withered away. -- 20
And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, "How did the fig tree wither away so soon?" 21
So Jesus answered and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,'
it will be done. 22
And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive." (See also Mark 11:12-14.20-24
Matthew 11:3-6 -- 3 And (John) said to Him, "Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?" 4 Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 5 The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me."
The coming of Christ means the dwelling of the Holy Spirit on earth. He taught us to pray: “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. Jesus became a man, filled with the power of his Father, to destroy the works of Satan, and to set up the situation of heaven on earth. His miracles are evidences of the aims of his power.
The motive in his miracles: Jesus felt compassion for the lost, hardhearted people, and suffered with the widow who lost her only son. Jesus did not do miracles before the prominent persons and princes that they might believe with the multitudes, but on the contrary, those who believed in him experienced his power, his healing, and his help. Jesus did not satisfy the five thousand in the wilderness that they might accept him, but because they stayed with him three days listening to him. He had mercy on them, and he multiplied the five loaves and the two fishes producing from them enough food for all his hearers.
Jesus asks his followers to open their hearts to place his compassion in them that they might see the troubles of the others and suffer with them that they might join themselves to Christ and his Father through their faith. He did not give rest to them until he had answered their prayers founded on faith. An African preacher prayed: “O Lord Jesus, my faith is as weak and little as a grain of mustard seed. However, you say, ‘if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move.’” The preacher continued his prayer saying: “Now, Islam has become accumulated before us like Mount Kilimanjaro. So, please throw it into the sea of oblivion that it may not come back again.” It is our wisdom to improve all opportunities of getting knowledge in the Holy Bible, but it is more powerful to believe. If a man trusts Jesus, as a child trusts his mother, he will bear much fruit.
He who looks at the commands of Jesus during his healings, will find that he only treated the sick with brief orders and clear words, and that his power and authority were behind every word he said. The storm ceased when he rebuked it, the demons cried out frightfully when they saw him from afar, and the paralytic arose, after the command of Jesus, taking up his bed. Before his healing, the paralytic experienced that Jesus had forgiven him his sins, and a flow of power and love came out from Jesus. The simple people felt this truth and were opened to his grace for a short time.
Jesus did not use one method in his healings and miracles, but he was in accordance with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and did what his heavenly Father wanted. Jesus helped every poor according to his needs. He came to his disciples, who were fishers, walking in the night on the water of the lake, and they cried out for fear that a phantom was coming on them. However, when Peter heard that this spirit was the Lord himself, he said optimistically, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water”, and Jesus said, “Come!” Not only did Jesus walk on the sea, but Peter did too. But when Peter saw a wave coming towards him he began to sink, because he looked at the wave more than he looked at Jesus, and immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and took hold of him and saved him, and walked with him on the water until they got into the boat. Then Jesus rebuked him, saying, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
There are three reasons for the 34 miracles of Jesus, which were chosen of the fullness of his works and mentioned in the Gospel. These reasons were: to glorify the Father, to save the afflicted, and to destroy the authority of Satan wherever the Lord appeared. To glorify the Father was intended to make people recognize the divinity of Jesus, and believe that the heavenly Father had sent his Son to them to save and sanctify them.
Unfortunately, the religious leaders who were in charge of Jerusalem began to envy and hate Jesus, because they were unable to do miracles. Thus, the crowds did not follow them but embraced that Jesus of Nazareth. The rabbis sent spies to communicate any bad word from his mouth, or give testimony concerning any inappropriate work. The chief priests and scribes claimed that he drove away demons in the name of the prince of demons, and they tried to defame him. They set traps for him to catch him, and became angry because he healed the sick even in the Sabbath. They threatened all those who followed him with banishment from the nation, and deprivation of all their rights and comforts. Then the multitudes fell away from him, except those who had sincerely repented at the hand of John the Baptist. Those followed him and were faithful to him. This experience teaches us that the multitudes wish to see miracles, thereafter; they soon fall away in persecution. But he who truly repents overcomes his selfishness and pride and continues in Jesus, even in hard times.