2. Jesus Miracles
Jesus came to us with a message for the realm of men. His primary audiences were the poor, the curious, the sick, and anyone that felt that Jesus could alleviate a problem they had (exorcism, leprosy, epilepsy, mental illness and so on, even death). Am sure he would have ensured that his message was not complicated and easily understood by all interested in what he had to say.
In the gospels, Jesus says that his message would remain hidden to the general masses, and would only make sense to those that chose to follow him (namely his disciples, that is those who choose to practice what he preached). This seems logical. It’s only those keen to understand that would take the time to practice).We emphasize practice because ours is an experiential religion whose benefits will not be realized or fully understood without practice. Jesus spoke his message for all to hear, understand and practice.
Despite the simplicity and truthfulness of his message, and all Jesus miracles (35 in total), the Jews when the time came for them to choose for or against Jesus, chose against him. Please don’t misunderstand, I am in no way laying blame. I am certain that were the situation to be reversed, the vast majority of us today (the author included) would probably have voted against Jesus. We would have been bystanders at Golgotha, laughing at our Lord and asking him to save himself. You might wonder why.. read on…
Imagine that you have never heard about Christ, though you have heard of a miracle worker operating a few miles from you, doing amazing things like healing the sick, exorcising demons, curing the blind, mute, epileptic and so on. Now imagine further that you live in a religious community that see themselves as special, due to their close interaction with the Blessed one (God the father) over the ages (miracles are not unknown to them). The tradition of the religious authorities runs deep over the centuries. The entire society is organized around synagogues and these also serve as the social pin for all of Jewry. Anyone that speaks against these authorities is seen as being against the Jewish tradition, which extends to being against the God of the Jews. The Pharisaical strangle hold on their society is almost absolute; what they say, is really what goes.
The Jewish expectation was for a messiah that would come riding to earth from the heavens, with a multitude of angels with trumpets announcing his coming. They did not expect the son of a carpenter , from lowly Nazareth, that was constantly at odds with the clergy.
The religious authorities had ruled Jewry for centuries (religiously); how could Christ, whose mission lasted for such a short time (3 years), sway them over to his side? His mission was doomed from the start but we now know, in hindsight, that his failure “was the mission”.
The masses that followed Christ were large, often described as multitudes. They hang onto his every word and continuously sought healing from him. Our Lords claim to be equal to God is where his trouble began and it is primarily this claim that led to his execution; this is despite all the miracles he had performed.
As man has become more enlightened over the years and have had the benefit of studying Jesus’ words at length, one third of the world today identify with his mission and his teachings. This is very significant; we are talking about 2 billion souls. If indeed this is the case, why does the world continue to manifest the same problems of war, poverty, malnutrition, hatred, terror and so on. The problem, in our view, has been the lack of practice. This means to be Christian in name and not in practice (as Jesus demanded of us). If all Christians were to live as instructed in the sermon on the mount, the world would be a very different place today.
Jesus taught us many things, but unless you practice you will never truly have an understanding of his message. Ours is an experiential religion; you can never reap the benefit unless you practice.
The essential books in the bible to understand are the gospels, and thus a knowledge of Jesus teachings and Jesus miracles. We really don’t think you require anything else. Know the gospels, practice Jesus teachings and attain the goal of an afterlife in heaven. Jesus teachings on can be understood on their own; you need not be a Jew to understand them. Jesus miracles and his teachings should ideally be enough; enough to stir your curiosity to extend your understanding.
John 11:25-26 Jesus states “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die”. Jesus uttered those words just before he raised Lazarus from the dead. Lazarus had been in a tomb for four days. Jesus demonstrated his power over death and thus Lordship in the after life. He has been here on earth with us and awaits us in the afterlife; what a pleasing thought!
The messianic authority of Jesus is demonstrated in Jesus miracles; acts of healing, exorcism and raising people from the dead. In the history of mankind, nobody else is attributed to having performed as many miracles as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
If you do not believe in Him, at the very least believe in the Jesus miracles or signs that he performed (SEE THE TABLE BELOW FOR ALL JESUS MIRACLES):
The miracles of Jesus