Christian History

Miracles of Jesus

In the Gospels, which tell us of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, there are 37 miracles mentioned that He performed. There are three different words used for miracles in the New Testament Greek, which translate to power, sign, and wonder – mighty deeds, representations and symbolism, and the extraordinary. Jesus’ miracles show us His power, that He is God, and that His Father’s power is in Him as well.

These miracles can be sorted into categories: healing, exorcising, transforming, providing, and nature.

Healing

The Nobleman’s Son (John 4:43-54) – The nobleman’s son was in Capernaum, ill. The nobleman went to find Jesus and begged Him to come heal his son, who was dying. Jesus told him to go on home, that his son lived. On his way home, his servants came to meet him and told him that his son lived. The nobleman inquired when the healing occurred, and it was at the time that Jesus had spoken. This is labeled as Jesus’ second miracle.

Peter’s Mother-in-Law (Matthew 8:14-15, Mark 1:29-31, Luke 4:38-39) – Jesus went to visit Peter, only to find his mother-in-law very ill with a fever. He touched her hand, and she was immediately healed.

Many in Capernaum (Matthew 8:16-17, Mark 1:32-34, Luke 4:40-41) – The evening after Peter’s mother-in-law was healed, people heard Jesus was there and brought many people to Him who had needs, and He healed all the sick and cast out all the devils with His word.

Leprous Man (Matthew 8:1-4, Mark 1:40-45, Luke 5:12-14) – A leper worshipped Jesus and stated that he knew Jesus could make him whole, if He would. Jesus responded with a touch and, “I will; be thou clean.” The leper was immediately healed, and went to the priest, as the law said, for confirmation.

Centurion’s Servant (Matthew 8:5-13, Luke 7:1-10) – When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to find Him, begging for Jesus to heal his ailing servant, who was in great pain. He told Jesus He did not need to come to his home, but that a word from Jesus would be sufficient. Jesus marveled at the centurion’s faith and responded to the centurion with assurance that it would happen as the centurion said, and the centurion went his way; the servant was healed.

Palsied Man (Matthew 9:1-8, Mark 2:1-12, Luke 5:17-26) – The man had been sick of the palsy, and, unable to walk, he was carried by four men on a stretcher. They carried him to Jesus, only to find that Jesus was so surrounded in the house that they could not get him near. Being resourceful, they carried him up to the roof and, removing some tiles, let him down to where Jesus was. Jesus compassionately forgave the man all his sins, as well as healing him completely.

Withered Hand (Matthew 12:9-14, Mark 3: 1-6, Luke 6:6-11) – Jesus went into the synagogue on the sabbath day and was met by some Jews who, in reference to a man there whose hand was withered, asked Him if it was lawful to heal on the sabbath day (as no servile work was legal on that day). Jesus responded, indicating that there are some things that will happen on the sabbath regardless, such as rescuing an animal that has fallen into a pit, so why shouldn’t a man, who is better than a sheep, be healed? He declared that it is legal to do well on a sabbath day, and proceeded to heal the man’s hand.

Widow’s Son Resurrected (Luke 7:11-17) – Jesus went to Nain. Upon arriving, a funeral procession was just leaving the city – an only child, followed by his grieving, widowed mother, among others. Jesus had compassion on her, and told her not to cry. He touched the bier on which the man was laid, and the procession halted; He spoke to the dead, “Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.” The man sat up and spoke, bringing glory to God.

Issue of Blood (Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-34, Luke 8:42-48) – While on His way to Jairus’ house to see to his daughter, Jesus was surrounded by a crowd of people. One of them was a woman who had been dealing with a bleeding problem for twelve years. She believed that if she could just touch a piece of Jesus’ clothing, she would be healed, and so she did, and was instantly healed. Jesus turned and asked who it was that touched Him (although He knew), and she admitted it was she. He told her that her faith had made her whole, and to go in peace.

Jairus’ Daughter Resurrected (Matthew 9:18, 23-26, Mark 5:21-24, 35-43, Luke 8:40-42, 49-56) – Jairus was a ruler of the synagogue, and his daughter was deathly ill. He asked Jesus to come touch her and heal her. Jesus went to Jairus’ house, and found that the young girl had died in the meantime, but He comforted Jairus and told him to believe and not to fear. Taking only Peter, James, and John with Him, he told the mourners that the girl was asleep, not dead, and they laughed at Him. With the three disciples and the girl’s parents, He entered her room, took her hand, and told her to arise. The twelve-year-old girl did so, and Jesus told them not to tell anyone, and to get her some food.

Two Blind Men (Matthew 9:27-31) – After leaving Jairus’ house, Jesus was followed by two blind men who were begging for mercy. Jesus asked them if they believed He could do this thing, and they acknowledged that they did believe. He touched their eyes, and said, “According to your faith be it unto you.” They immediately were able to see. Jesus told them not to tell, but they told everyone they met.

Invalid (John 5:1-15) – There was a pool of water in Bethesda that, when an angel came and stirred the water, the first person in was healed. This man had been lying nearby for 38 years, but was unable to get into the water quickly enough. Jesus healed him with a word and sent him on his way.

Many in Gennesaret (Matthew 14:34-36, Mark 6:53-56) – Many were brought to Jesus who were ill and begged to just touch His clothes; as many as touched were healed completely.

Deaf and Dumb Man (Mark 7:31-37) – When Jesus was in Decapolis, a man who was deaf and had trouble speaking was brought to Him. Those who brought the man begged Jesus to touch him and heal him, which He did – He put His fingers in the man’s ears, and spit and touched his tongue, and said, “Be opened.” The man was completely healed immediately.

Blind Man (Mark 8:22-26) – In Bethsaida, Jesus had a blind man brought to Him, with the request to touch him and heal him. Jesus took the man outside of town, spit on his eyes, and put His hands on them, then asked if he could see. The man could see, but not clearly, and Jesus put His hands on the man’s eyes again and then the man saw clearly.

Blind Man (John 9:1-12) – This man was blind from the day he was born. Some thought it was due to sin, but Jesus told them it was for God’s glory. He mixed His spit with the clay on the ground and placed it on the man’s eyes. He told the man to wash in the pool of Siloam, which he did, and was thereafter able to see.

Crippled Woman (Luke 13:10-17) – This woman had been crippled for 18 years, bent and unable to straighten. Jesus called her over and told her she was loosed from her infirmity, and laid His hands on her. She was immediately able to straighten, and glorified God.

Dropsy (Luke 14:1-6) – Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees if it is lawful to heal on the sabbath day. They did not answer. Jesus healed the man with the dropsy, then asked them if they wouldn’t rescue an animal who fell into a pit on the sabbath day. They refused to answer.

Ten Lepers (Luke 17:11-19) – Ten men with leprosy called out to Jesus, asking for mercy. Jesus told them to go to the priest, and on their way, they were healed. One, a Samaritan, noticing he was healed, came back to thank Jesus and glorify God. Jesus told him that his faith had made him whole.

Lazarus (John 11:1-45) – Lazarus, brother of Mary and Martha, was very sick. His sisters sent for Jesus. Jesus delayed, on purpose, until after Lazarus had died. Four days later, Jesus arrived in Bethany, where Lazarus had lived, and was buried. He had them roll away the stone in front of the grave, and called, “Lazarus, come forth.” Lazarus came alive out of the tomb and Jesus had those nearby release him from the graveclothes.

Bartimaeus (Matthew 20:29-34, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43) – Bartimaeus was blind, and, as he was sitting by the roadside begging, he heard Jesus was passing. He cried out to Him, asking for mercy. Many told him to be quiet, but he just called out louder. Jesus stopped and called for Bartimaeus to be brought to Him. Jesus asked him what he desired, and Bartimaeus asked for sight, which Jesus gave him.

High Priest Servant’s Ear (Luke 22:50-51) – When Jesus was being arrested, Peter, in an attempt to protect Jesus, cut off the right ear of the servant of the High Priest. Jesus touched the man’s ear and healed it.

Exorcising

Mute Man (Matthew 9:32-34) – This man was brought to Jesus, unable to speak because of the demon possessing him. Jesus cast out the devil and the man spoke.

The Man in Capernaum (Mark 1:21-27, Luke 4:31-36) – A man had come into the synagogue with an unclean spirit, telling Jesus to leave them alone. Jesus told the spirit to be quiet and depart, and it did.

Into Pig Herd (Matthew 8:28-33, Mark 5:1-20, Luke 8:26-39) – In the country of the Gergasenes, two who were possessed of devils lived near the tombs and kept people from passing. They called out to Jesus, asking if He was come to torment them. They asked Jesus, if He sent them out of the men, to allow them to go into the pigs that were grazing nearby. He agreed and they entered the pigs, which ran off a cliff into the sea, and died.

Gentile Woman’s Daughter (Matthew 15:21-28, Mark 7:24-30) – A woman of Canaan came to Jesus and told Him that her daughter was bothered by a devil. Jesus did not answer, and she continued to follow and call out to Jesus. The disciples asked Him to send her away. He commented that He was sent to the Jews, and she begged for His help. He said, “It’s not right to take bread from the children and give it to dogs.” She agreed, but added, “even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall.” Jesus commended her faith and made the girl whole.

Boy With Unclean Spirit (Matthew 17:14-20, Mark 9:14-29, Luke 9:37-43) – A man came and asked mercy for his afflicted son, who was often thrown into fire and water by the devil that vexed him. The disciples had been unable to help. Jesus had the boy brought to Him, and rebuked the devil, which departed immediately, and the boy was cured.

Blind & Mute Man (Matthew 12:22-23, Luke 11:14-23) – The man was blind and mute because of the devil that possessed him. He was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, after which the man was able to both see and speak.

Transforming

Water into Wine (John 2:1-11) – This is Jesus’ first miracle. He and His mother were at a wedding, where the wine had run out. The servants did not know what to do, and Jesus’ mother told them to do whatever Jesus told them to. He had them fill jars with water, which He then transformed into the best wine the feast’s governor had ever tasted.

Providing

Feeds 5,000+ (Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-15) – Jesus went to a desert place, away from people, only to be followed by a crowd. He compassionately healed the sick among them. In the evening, the disciples mentioned that the people were surely hungry and since it was a desert, there was no place to obtain food for the crowd of about five thousand men, plus women and children. They suggested He send them away to nearby villages to buy food. He said they did not need to leave, “give them to eat.” The disciples said they had nothing to give them, except just five loaves and two fish that a young boy had offered. Jesus took them, blessed them, and had the disciples hand them out. Not only did everyone get to eat, but they got full, and there were twelve baskets of leftovers.

Feeds 4,000+ (Matthew 15:32-39, Mark 8:1-13) – Jesus went into a mountain and sat down, and again had many people come to Him, with people who had health problems, desiring healing. He healed all who were brought to Him. After three days, He called the disciples to Him and said it was necessary to feed the people so they would not faint on the way home from fasting. The disciples had only seven loaves and a few small fish, which Jesus took. After having the people sit down, He gave thanks for the food, and gave them to the disciples to distribute to the four thousand men, plus women and children. The multitude were filled, and there were seven baskets of leftovers gathered up.

Tax Money (Matthew 17:24-27) – In Capernaum, the tribute collectors came and asked Peter if Jesus paid tribute. He said yes, but when he got into the house, Jesus stopped him and said, “What do you think, Simon? Of whom do kings take tributes, of their children or strangers?” and Peter said, “strangers.” Jesus said, “Then the children are free.” However, to not offend, He told Peter to go to the sea and catch the first fish and take the money out of its mouth and give it for tribute, which he did.

Nature

Catch of Fish (Luke 5:1-11) – Jesus was so surrounded that He stepped into Simon’s ship and asked him to move it out a little, so He could speak to the people without being among the crowd. When He was done speaking, He told Simon to go out a bit farther and put down their nets to get some fish. Simon said they’d been fishing all night without catching anything, but he would obey. When they did, their net caught so many fish that it broke, and their partner in the other ship came and both ships were filled with fish.

Calms a Storm (Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25) – Jesus and His disciples got into a ship, and a big storm came up, in which the waves were taller than the ship, but Jesus was asleep. The disciples woke Him up, afraid the storm would kill them. He asked them, “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?” He got up and calmed the wind and the sea.

Walks on Water (Matthew 14:22-33, Mark 6:45-52, John 6:16-21) – Jesus sent the disciples across the sea to the other side, while He prayed on a mountain. Several hours later, when they had gotten out in the middle of the sea, the wind had picked up and the waves were tossing the ship. In the middle of the night, Jesus walked out to them on the water, frightening them, but He told them not to be afraid. Peter asked to be allowed to walk on the water to Jesus, and Jesus said, “Come.” Peter went to him on the water, until he looked around and saw the wind and waves, at which point he began to sink. Jesus reached out and caught him, and they walked to the ship together.

Fig Tree (Matthew 21:18-22, Mark 11:12-14) – Jesus, hungry, saw a fig tree near the road. However, the tree was empty of fruit, and He told it to never bear fruit, and the tree withered and died.

Catch of Fish (John 21:4-11) – Jesus was on the shore; the disciples did not recognize Him, from the ship in which they were. He asked if they had food, and they said they did not. He told them to put out their net on the right side of the ship, and when they did, they had so many fish in it that they could not pull it out of the water, so they got as close to land as they could and got out and dragged it onto shore.

While these are the miracles recounted in the New Testament, they are not nearly a complete list of what Jesus did during His time on earth. John told us, “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.” (John 21:25)