What testimony did the
chief priests and Pharisees bear concerning
Then the chief priests and
the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin.
What are we accomplishing: they
asked. Here is a man performing many
By what did Peter, on the
day of Pentecost, say that God had approved
Men of Israel,
listen to this Jesus of Nazareth was a man
accredited by God to you by miracles,
wonders and signs, which God did among you
through him, as you yourselves know.
By what means did Christ
claim to cast out devils?
But if I drive out
demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of
God has come to you. Luke 11:20. Matthew
11:28 says by the Spirit of God.
Note Under the
third plague in Egypt that of turning the
dust into lice the magicians, failing to
duplicate it, said to Pharaoh, this is the
finger of God. (Exodus 8:18,19.)
Upon what ground did
Nicodemus rest his belief that Christ was a
teacher from God?
He came to Jesus at night
and said, Rabbi, we know that you are a
teacher come from God. For no one could
perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God
were not with him. John 3:2.
After the healing of the
blind man, upon what charge did some of the
Pharisees seek to prove that Christ was not of
Some of the Pharisees
said, This man is not from God, for he
does not keep the Sabbath. But
others asked, How can a sinner do such
miraculous signs? So they were divided.
Note This was a
false charge. Christ did keep the Sabbath, but
not according to the Pharisees idea of
What question did others
raise in opposition to this view?
But others asked, How
can a sinner do such miraculous signs?
So they were divided.
The Faith of Many
What was the result of
Christs working miracles at His first
Now while he was in
Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people
saw the miraculous signs he was doing and
believed in his name. John 2:23.
What question did the
performing of these miracles lead many to ask?
Still, many in the crowd
put their faith in him. They said, When
the Christ comes, will he do more miraculous
signs than this man? John 7:31.
How many were attracted to
And a great crowd of
people followed him because they saw the
miraculous signs he had performed on the sick.
Note A miracle is
the display of divine or super human power in
some unusual or extraordinary manner; hence its
nature to attract attention. Christ fed the five
thousand with the multiplied loaves and fishes,
and all men wondered. Every day God feeds
millions of humanity with the multiplied fruits
of the earth, and no one marvels. Christ, by a
shortened process, changed water into wine, and
everybody was astonished; but every year God does
this in the usual way through the vine
in almost limitless quantities, and no one
is astonished. A divine miracle, therefore,
whenever performed, is wrought to heal and to
save, and to call attention to the Source of
What did the people say
when they saw these things?
People were overwhelmed
with amazement. He has done everything
well, they said. He even makes
the deaf hear and the mute speak. Mark
What kinds of disease and
sickness did Jesus cure?
throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues,
preaching the good news of the kingdom, and
healing every disease and sickness among the
people. Matthew 4:23.
Who were brought to Him
News about him
spread all over Syria, and people brought to
him all who were ill from various diseases, those
suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those
having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed
them. Matthew 4:24.
To the woman who had been
healed by touching His garment, what did Christ
say that made her whole?
Jesus turned and saw her. Take
heart, daughter, he said, your
faith has healed you. And the
woman was healed from that moment. Matthew
What did He say to the two
blind men as He healed them?
Then he touched their eyes
and said, According to your faith
will it be done to you.
To another whose sight He
had restored, what did Christ say?
Jesus said to him, Receive
your sight; your faith has healed you.
Why did not Christ work
many miracles in His own country?
And he did not do
many miracles there because of their lack of
faith. Matthew 13:58.
What lesson did Christ
design to teach in healing the man sick of the
But that you may
know that the Son of Man has authority on earth
to forgive sins
. He said to the
paralyzed man, I tell you, get up, take your mat
and go home.
Note By His
miracles, therefore, Christ designed to teach
faith in the power of God not only to restore the
body but also to heal the soul.
What effect did Christs
miracles have upon individuals and the people who
received his sight and followed Jesus, praising
God. When all the people saw it, they praised
God. Luke 18:43; 13:17.
What message did Christ
send to John the Baptist while John was in
prison, to strengthen his wavering faith?
Jesus replied, Go
back and report to John what you hear and see: The
blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who
have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead
raised, and the good news is preached to the
poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away
on account of me. Matthew 11:4-6.
The Climax of His Miracles
In what miracle did Christ
bring to a climax His works on earth?
When he had said this,
Jesus called in a loud voice, Lazarus,
come out! The dead man came out, his
hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and
a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, Take
off his grave clothes and let him go. John
What was the result of
this great miracle?
Therefore many of
the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had
seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him.
Because of the interest in
Him that this miracle created, what did the
So the Pharisees said to one
another, See, this is getting us nowhere. Look
how the whole world has gone after him!
What did Jesus present to
the people as a basis of confidence in Him?
Do not believe me
unless I do what my Father does. But if I do it,
even though you do not believe me, believe
the miracles, that you may know and
understand that the Father is in me, and I in the
Father. Again they tried to seize him,
but he escaped their grasp. John 10:37,38; 14:11.
Why were the miracles of
Christ recorded by the inspired writers?
Jesus did many other
miraculous signs in the presence of his
disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But
these are written that you may believe that Jesus
is the Son of God, and that by believing
you may have life in his name. John
Because of Unbelief
He could not do any
miracles there, except to lay hands on a few sick
people and heal them. And he was amazed at their
lack of faith. Mark 6: 5,6.
There was a town in Galilee,
when Jesus walked on earth.
Wherein His coming brought
no joy, His going left no mirth;
No leper hailed Him from
afar; no crippled child was brought;
No blind man groped a way to
Him; no sick His healing sought.
He could not free them from
their sin, or give their pain relief,
He could not work His
miracles, because of unbelief.
The hand that fashioned all
the worlds and spread the heavens above,
The mighty hand of power
divine, the tender hand of love,
Was impotent to help or
save, or cast the demons out,
The arm of strength grew
weak and small before mens scornful doubt.
Today, as then, Christs
mighty works the world will not receive;
Omnipotence is powerless when men will not
believe. Annie Johnson Flint.