King James Bible - New Testament Topic Tracking: Miracles
Miracles 1: Like earlier prophets, Jesus is endowed with the power of healing. His miracles, however, do not stop here. A large portion of the gospels retells the miracles performed by Jesus. These miracles are proof of his divine heritage and his acceptance by God. The witnessing of these miracles is given as reason for conversion and belief in the New Testament. In the Christian Church, faith in God is buttressed by belief in these miracles, recorded but not seen.
Miracles 2: Jesus gains more fame through his miracles. He heals anyone and his patients become immediate followers. He also gives his disciples the power to heal. These minor miracles will strengthen his followers.
Miracles 3: Jesus' resurrection is by far the most fundamental miracle of the Christian church. In Christian doxology, Jesus' death represents punishment for the world's sins whereas his resurrection symbolizes redemption and forgiveness. The miracle of Jesus' resurrection is not only considered a miracle of the physical but also a miracle of the spiritual.
Miracles 4: Mark repeats many of the same miracles recorded in Matthew but often in different order. Jesus performs miracles to heal the sick and feed the many that follow him. He also walks on water to confirm his powers and test the faith of his disciples.
Miracles 5: Miracles spread the fame of Jesus. It is through miracles that Jesus delivered his message to people. He ministered to a centurion's slave. He performs the ultimate miracle when he raises a dead son. Although people come to him to be healed physically, he speaks to them of their spiritual healing and gives them the space to seek it.
Miracles 6: Jesus continues to perform miracles. In this book he performs one of his most famous miracles. He changes water into wine. After this, however, he begins to get followers not by his miracles but by the words that come from his mouth. As this books starts, the Word is the most important thing.
Miracles 7: After the passing of Jesus, miracles continue to occur but either by the agency of a distant mysterious God or the hands of a disciple. This serves to spread the belief to people who had not witnessed the miracles of Jesus. The miracle of the disciples' ability to address any man in his own tongue is a shorthand explanation for the expeditious spread of Christianity.
Miracles 8: After the Gospels, the miracles of God tend to be less benevolent and more about revenge and caring for his followers. Peter is imprisoned, but the angels of God free him. Herod mistreats the Christians, but the Angel of God kills him in front of his own people.
Miracles 9: In the absence of witnessed miracles, Paul speaks of other mysteries. One miraculous event is God's revelation to Paul. Another is the mystery of how all men are connected in Christ. Finally, Paul focuses on the greatest miracle of the Christian church: the resurrection. He asserts that in Christ's death, the sinful part of everyone died and in his resurrection everyone who believed was resurrected.