Did the miracles really happen? Miracles of Healing

We have probably all, unfortunately, known someone pretending to be a Christian leader who pretended to heal people to con them out of their money.  The Bible warns against such false miracle workers (see Matthew 7:22-23, Matthew 24:24, Mark 13:22, Revelation 13:11-18).

Jesus sets Himself apart immeasurably from these false prophets.  Here are a few of the ways He distinguishes Himself and those who follow His ministry:

  • He never asks people who want to be healed to give Him money before He will heal them or after He heals them (see all four Gospels).
  • The people He heals are often beggars, outcasts, and the very poor, people who could not give Him any money after healing, either (see, for example, Matthew 8:1-4, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 17:11-19, John 9).
  • People who did give Jesus gifts did so willingly and without any coercion or even request (See note [1] for more information).
  • Jesus was so poor He had no home (Matthew 8:20) and performed a miracle to pay taxes (Matthew 17:24-27).
  • Jesus chooses to heal people who are indisputably sick or handicapped (see, for example, Matthew 4:24, Matthew 8:5-14, Matthew 8:16, Matthew 9:1-8 Mark 1:32-1:34) like a paralytic (Matthew 9:2-8), the blind (Matthew 12:22, Matthew 15:30, Matthew 20:30-34, Matthew 21:14, Mark 8:22-26, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 7:21, John 9), the deaf, a child with violent convulsions (Mark 9:14-27), and even the dead (Luke 7:11-17, John 11:1-44).
  • Jesus healed everyone who asked Him, without exception, even people held in unquestionable disgust in the society of His day.
  • Jesus healed people who were well-known to be unwell (or dead!) and people who had been handicapped for a long time.  The beggars Jesus healed would often have been recognizable to most, if not all, of the village or city’s population.
  • Jesus performed so many healings, there are many we only have reference to without specifics (see Matthew 4:23-24, Mark 1:33-34, Mark 3:9-12, Luke 7:21)!
  • Jesus healed people in positions of notoriety or at their request those they cared about, not because they were more important to Jesus than the poor, but because He healed all people who asked Him.  These people further affirm the authenticity of Jesus’ miracles as, for example, a Roman centurion (Luke 7:1-10) or a government official’s son (John 4:43-54), or synagogue leader’s daughter (Luke 8:40-56) [2] held respectable positions in their day.

And none of this deals with the truth that if Jesus’ miracles were false His disciples would never have gone to impoverishment, imprisonment, public beatings, and gruesome deaths for His Namesake.

John summarizes Jesus’ ministry perfectly:

Now, there are many other things that Jesus did. If they were all written down one by one, I suppose that the whole world could not hold the books that would be written. (John 21:25, GNT)

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[1] Some women followed after Jesus and helped support His ministry (see Luke 8:1-3).  A woman who was forgiven of sins poured expensive perfume over His feet and a woman whose brother was raised from the dead poured expensive perfume over His feet.  Simon the Leper had Jesus over for dinner and the fact that he even held a dinner party at his house indicates that Jesus had probably already healed him of leprosy.

[2] The servant to the high priest (see Luke 22:50-51) who was healed is another example.  Even if the servant wasn’t considered to hold a respectable position, the chief priests, officers, and elders in the crowd (see Luke 22:52) most certainly did!  The fact that none of them accused Jesus of performing a false miracle tells us how indisputable Jesus’ healing power was and is and always will be!

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