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Self-Portraits of God

Studies in the Life and Work of Jesus

Lesson 1: A Study of Miracle

Why the Biblical record of the acts of Jesus

In the Biblical book of Acts Luke points out that he has recorded in the Gospel book called by his name concerning what Jesus began both to do and to teach during His life here on earth.

The significance of recording the teachings of Jesus is apparent to all of us. But what is the significance of the acts of Jesus which are recorded? Why are these particular acts recorded? Are these recorded acts all the acts that Jesus did? Do they all have the same message?

The apostle John, commenting about the total activities of Jesus, as compared to the things that he has recorded in his Gospel from Jesus’ life writes that

there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written”(John 20:25, NKJV).

Therefore we conclude that those acts which were selected to be recorded were selected because they were seen as having special significance; they were functional. Notice the following texts.

Acts 2:22

“Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs which God did by Him in the midst of you, as you yourselves also know;…”

Matthew 11:2-5

“Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and said unto him, art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?

Jesus answered and said unto them, go and show John again those things which you do hear and see:
the blind receive their sight 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.

Jesus’ answer to the disciples of John the Baptist, regarding the question John the Baptist had had them bring to Him as to whether He was the expected One, was to point them to His works.

This means that Jesus’ works testified that He was the Expected One; the Messiah promised throughout the Old Testament.

John 20: 30, 31

And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

Now that we have in front of us the function of the record of Jesus’ acts, we can seek to find the individual messages His works carry; messages which show He is the Promised One, the approved Son of God who gives life.

We will do this study by revisiting individual accounts of miracles from the Gospels. But before revisiting, we should note that for study purposes the acts of Jesus can be divided into four categories or classes:

Miracles of Healing the Sick
The miracle of raising the dead
Miracles of exorcism, or, casting out devils, and
Nature Miracles
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