. . . there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written . . . the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. John 21:25 (NKJV)
There’s no greater concentration of miracles in the Bible than in the relatively brief three and a half year ministry of Christ. When you read through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, it’s as if a heavenly explosion took place on planet earth. But have you ever wondered why miracles follow so consistently in Christ’s wake? Going forward, it’s important that we understand that the miracles of Jesus validate three things.
First, the miracles of Jesus validate His deity. It’s become very vogue to lump Jesus in with a whole host of other spiritual figures. But Jesus’ miracles separate Him from the rest of the pack. No other figure, not Buddha, not Mohammed, or any other religious leader has ever validated his identity by performing verifiable miracles as Jesus did. He is unique and one of a kind.
Second, Christ’s miracles validate His message. When Jesus appeared on the spiritual scene, His teachings were challenged and even rejected by the religious experts of His day. In their eyes, Jesus was just one more misguided itinerant preacher. But no one could deny that this man’s message was accompanied by miracles, which set Him and His message apart.
Lastly, they validate His compassion. It’s one thing for God to yell down from heaven, "I love you." But it’s quite another for Him to come down and mingle with His creation, to actively heal the hurting and comfort the brokenhearted.
The miracles of Jesus show us that He is different, that His message is different, and that His love is different. Those who know Him, believe His message, and dwell in His love will be different as well.