The miraculous Jesus is a blog that shows his divinity in all areas of His life.
The New Testament presents the miraculous Jesus. Everything about him is wondrous and miraculous. Everything about him is supernatural and divine. And it’s important that we understand that so that we may know who this Jesus Christ really is.
Everything about him is miraculous and miracles speak of God. You see, miracles have always been given to authenticate divine revelation. When God spoke in the Old Testament, the written Word, he authenticated with miracles. When He speaks in the New Testament, the living Word again, He authenticates with miracles. And where you have miracles you have the mark of divine intervention, and the fact that the Bible is literally filled with miracles is the testimony that it is the revelation of God Himself.
John 5:18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. He was making himself equal with God and in doing that he was either God or he was the ultimate blasphemer. He was either Christ or he was antichrist and there’s nothing in between.
What evidence do we have that Jesus is equal to God, that Jesus is God in human flesh? John 5:31-33 31“If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true.32There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is true. 33“You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth.
John 5:36 “I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing—testify that the Father has sent me. In other words the miraculous life of Jesus was testimony to his divine nature. Jesus did what people cannot do. He did the miraculous, the supernatural, the divine. His miraculous works tell us exactly who he is.
In John 10, we find the Jews gathered around Jesus and asking him if he is the Messiah. John 10:25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me. If you want a clear testimony look at my life. Look at my works.
Nicodemus came to Jesus by night and he said we know you’re a teacher come from God because no man can do the miracles you do except God be with him. Nicodemus could understand what they couldn’t understand. Jesus said, “Look at the miracles of my life and then you decide.” The miracles in the New Testament are literally limitless. They are verified again and again and again by masses of people who are recorded for all of human history.
John 14:11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Believe me for what you see.
In Luke 7, John the Baptist sent a messenger to Jesus. He said to the messenger, you ask Jesus if he is the one that we believe he is. Is he the Messiah? And Jesus said to the messenger after he’d asked the question, you go back and you tell John this. Tell him that the lame walk and the blind see and the deaf hear and the dead are raised from the grave. And you tell him those things and he’ll know. Tell him of the miracles. There is no greater testimony to Jesus Christ than the Father’s power poured through the Son. And that is the testimony of Jesus himself.
Now let’s turn to the Word of God and look at the miraculous Jesus and just look at several elements of the miraculous life of our Lord.
1. The Miraculous Jesus: His miraculous birth.
Matthew 1:18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Now that’s never happened before or since. The Holy Spirit planted the seed in her without a man.
Well Joseph, her husband, was a just man, a righteous man. He was not willing to make her a public example. He could have dragged her out in front of the whole community and stoned her in front of everybody for being an adulteress, but he really didn’t want to do that. He wanted to do what was right, so he decided to divorce her.
Matthew 1:20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. There wasn’t any other man. The Holy Spirit did this.
Matthew 1:21-25 21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). 24When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. That is a miraculous birth, a birth without a human father.
In truth there was a virgin birth that couldn’t be explained by the facts of human nature. Jesus did not begin to exist when he was born in Bethlehem. He was sent from God into that human form. He already existed and he came into that human body and when the time was done he went back to the Father from whom he had originally come. But he preexisted and all the Holy Spirit did was plant the seed in Mary to give the physical form
John 1:14 “The Word was made flesh.” The Word always was, it just became flesh and dwelled among us. It was deity in human flesh.
2. The Miraculous Jesus: Sinless life.
That’s a second element of his miraculous person. Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.
He is sinless. No sin in him.
Hebrews 7:26 Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. He’s sinless and that is the second element in his miraculous person.
Here comes the testimony of two people who lived with him for three years. 1 Peter 2:21-22 21To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 22“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” That’s Peter. Peter was with him for three years closely attached with him and he said he never did a sin. Never.
John, the beloved, who leaned on his breast, said in 1 John 3:5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.
That’s the testimony of John who knew him so well and of Peter who knew him well. There was no sin in him. Even Judas who would have delighted to have found some reason to justify the betrayal that he did couldn’t find it.
2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us.
John 8:46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? Speak. Silence. Even at his trial they couldn’t come up with anything. In Jesus it wasn’t only the absence of sin, it was the presence of ultimate utter righteousness and holiness.
Jesus never confessed his sin. He never needed to confess his sin. He never needed mercy. So you begin with a miraculous birth and then you have a miraculously sinless life.
3. The Miraculous Jesus: His miraculous words.
Luke 4:32 They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority.
The temple police came back after they’d been sent to get Jesus. They came back and they said this. John 7:46 “No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied.
When Jesus gave the sermon on the mount at the end of Matthew 7 it says they were literally shocked because he spoke as one having authority not as the scribes and the Pharisees.
When he was 12 years old, in Luke 2:46-47, he went into the temple and the leaders of Israel talking to a 12-year-old kid were absolutely amazed at his questions and his answers.
Nobody ever spoke like he spoke. Nobody ever talked like he talked. Nobody ever knew the wisdom that he knew. Jesus Christ is the greatest teacher who ever lived. Even the people that rejected him cannot deny the incredible power and wisdom of his teaching.
The gospels without question are the greatest literature ever written. You see Jesus went to the real questions. Who is God? Does He love me? Does He care about me? What should I do to please Him? How does He look at me? What about my sin? How can I be forgiven? Where will I go when I die? How am I to live in this world? How am I to treat others? All of those profound questions Jesus answered.
Nicodemus had it right. He was the number one teacher in Israel. The Pharisees and the scribes had spent their whole lives trying to learn the wisdom of the law went away from conversations with Jesus literally paralyzed in a stupor having been amazed by his answers. He taught about God and he knew about God. He taught about angels. He taught about Heaven. He taught about earth. He taught about Hell. He taught about sin. He taught about holiness. He taught about the past and interpreted it. He taught about the present and he taught about the future and predicted it. And nobody ever asked him a question he couldn’t answer and nobody ever posed a problem he couldn’t solve.
4. The Miraculous Jesus: His supernatural works.
There’s no way to explain the works that Jesus did except that he is God in human flesh. “No man,” said Nicodemus, “could do the things, the miracles, that you do except God be with him.” Over and over again the eyewitnesses who saw him could only conclude one thing, that he does things supernaturally. Sometimes they wanted to ascribe it to Satan but that was impossible because his works were always morally pure and must have been from God.
Matthew 4:24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.
It was an incredible display of divine power from one end of that nation to the other. He healed everybody and he healed them instantly and he healed them totally. And it wasn’t just for the sake of healing it was for the sake of authenticating his messiahship, authenticating his deity.
John 2:23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name. He didn’t just heal people so they could be well, he healed them so they would believe that he was God in human flesh. He didn’t just raise the dead so they could be alive; he raised the deal so people would see that this was God in action.
Think about how he controlled nature. He turned water into wine in John 2. He stilled the storm in Matthew 8. He was able to control fish in Luke 5 and John 21. He could multiply food in John 6. He walked on water in Matthew 14. He took money from the mouth of a fish, placed there so he could have enough money for his taxes for he and Peter in Matthew 17. And the fig tree dried up when he cursed it in Matthew 21.
Look at the control he had over disease. Just some samples: He healed a leper in Luke 5, he healed a paralytic in Mark 2, he healed Peter’s wife’s mother of a fever in Mark 1, he healed the nobleman’s son in John 4, he healed a withered hand in Mark 3, deaf and dumb in Mark 7, blindness in John 9, 10 lepers in Luke 17, Malchus’ ear restored in Luke 22, cured a disease called dropsy in Luke 14, and those are only samples. Now how do you explain that?
He confronted death and overpowered it. Jairus’ daughter was dead. He raised her from the dead. The widow’s son was dead. He raised him from the dead, Luke 7. Lazarus was dead, John 11, he raised him from the dead. Then when he died he himself was raised. His miraculous works are one of the best-attested truths of all of human history.
5. The Miraculous Jesus: His miraculous influence.
The only way you can explain the influence of Jesus Christ is that he must have been more than a man. His influence is really reduced to one simple statement marvelously in Acts 4:11-12 11Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ 12Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Of all the people who have ever lived in the history of the world or ever will live, only one of them has had the influence he’s had and that is to save men from their sin, from Hell, from death, from Satan. He’s the only one. Nobody ever like him; utterly unique, the only Savior.
The French atheist Renan said, “Whatever may be the surprises of the future one thing is sure, Jesus will never be surpassed.”
Napoleon said, “I know men and I tell you, Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other man in the world there is no possible term of comparison.” Jesus saved men from their sins and he’s still doing it.
There are people today whose lives are being transformed by the power and influence of Jesus Christ for time and eternity. Nobody who ever lived has that kind of impact. People today are rushing into the arms of Jesus Christ to receive the gift of salvation. Jesus gave certain men such an impact as to be unequalled by far in the entire annals of the human race and after two thousand years his impact is still going on; his influence is still going on.
He is the supreme master of everything, the master of hungry crowds and angry Pharisees, the master of clever theologians and bitter sinners, the master of stupid disciples and Roman governors. He is the master of his own self. He struggles in the midnight of Olive, fighting sweat and blood and tears and comes forth victorious in complete dedication to God. In the terrible agony of the cross he is master. Everything around him is in fury. Even the elements are in chaos and he is calm, master of his own will, his own tongue, his own heart. He pauses in the midst of all of the chaos of the sin-bearing act on the cross to forgive the penitent thief. He opens the doors of paradise to that thief. He comforts his own mother. He takes care of his beloved disciple John.
And in the midst of the shock of the loss of blood and the terrible thirst that he endured he calmly fulfills the last prophecy, says “I thirst,” knows it’s done and offers his spirit to God. And in doing that he purchased salvation for all who come to him. He influenced the world like no human being who ever lived and he influenced the world more than all who ever lived combined could have influenced it.
He said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life and no man comes to the Father but by me.” He said, “The Son of Man has power on Earth to forgive sins.” He said, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess before my Father who is in Heaven.” He said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” He said, “Whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” He said, “I am the light of the world. He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.” He said, “The Son of Man is come to give his life a ransom for many.” He said, “Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst.” He said, “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” He said, “Heaven and Earth shall pass away but my Word shall never pass away.” He said, “Before Abraham was I am.” He said, “Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” He said, “I am the door. I am the shepherd. I and the Father are one. I am the Bread of Life.” You see uniquely, in every one of those statements, he claimed to be something no one else in the whole world could ever be, the Savior. His influence is astounding and miraculous.
6. The Miraculous Jesus: Miraculous power over death.
Hebrews 2:14-15 14Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
It says he took on human form in order to conquer death and he did that. He controlled his death. He said in John 10, “Nobody takes my life from me, I lay it down of myself.” And he did. He died on schedule. He controlled his own burial even though his body was dead. He controlled every facet of his burial. He made sure he came out of the grave on time. Even when his body was in the grave he was down with his spirit proclaiming victory over the fallen demons bound in the pit. Jesus controlled every element of his dying, every element of his burial, every element of his time in the grave and his resurrection as well. He had power over death. He conquered death.
He said, “As Jonah was in the belly of the great fish three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the earth.” He said, “Destroy this temple and in three days I’ll” – what – “I’ll raise it up.” He did and the empty tomb is evidence and the appearance to over 500 eyewitnesses is evidence. And the disciples, filled with power, were going out to preach the resurrected Jesus Christ who before had been sniveling cowards crouched in a corner afraid is evidence. The birth of the church is evidence.
Conclusion: How are you going to explain this individual? Born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, said things so profound they never could have come from a human mind. You can’t explain him on a human level. That’s impossible.
Think of it this way. If God became a man what would happen? Well first of all, if God became a man we would expect Him to have a miraculous birth wouldn’t we? I mean if God became a man it would be a spectacular entry. Jesus did. If Got became a man we would expect Him to be different than all of us, to be holy. Jesus was. If God became a man, we would anticipate His words to be the most divine, the most powerful, the most authoritative, the truest and the purest words ever uttered. And Jesus’ words were. If God became a man, we would expect Him to manifest supernatural power. Jesus did. If God became a man, we would expect Him to have a universal and permanent impact on the world. Jesus did. And if God became a man, we would expect Him to be able to conquer death. Jesus did.
You know something? If God became a man He would be Jesus and He was. And that’s the whole meaning of Christmas.
John 20:30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.
John 21:25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
What kind of life? Spiritual life, eternal life, abundant life, real life. God came into the world as Jesus Christ to redeem us. If you believe and receive him, you have eternal life. For those of us who do that and are reconciled to God, He gives to us the ministry of reconciliation and sends us back out as ambassadors to represent Him.
If you’ve never given your life to Jesus Christ, that’s his message to you. That’s his gift to you. If you’ve given your life to Christ do you know that you also are now called to be a minister of reconciliation, to go out as an ambassador for Jesus Christ and call others into the Kingdom? To tell others to be reconciled to God?