“How important were the miracles in the book’s account of Jesus’ early ministry?”

Even if you aren’t a Christian most of us have heard of the classic miracles that Jesus performed: Walking on water, Feeding a crowd of 5,000 with 5 loaves and 2 fishes. And I’m going to discuss: How important miracles were to Jesus’s early ministry. And why they were important.

As I mentioned earlier Jesus has some very famous miracles! But he also did so much more than the popularized ones, such as: Taking demons out of people, healing people physically… and so on.  Something you need to understand is that Jesus often spoke in parables. Parables are often used as concealing tools. Jesus didn’t want everyone to understand what he was saying. Only certain people, the sick. Jesus said he came to heal the sick. Now although he healed many people he wasn’t talking about physically being sick but about their ethics. He didn’t come to save the righteous, but the unrighteous (The sick).  And that is why there was division in Israel between the Pharisees and Jesus. This is demonstrated in this miracle.

Mark 5:22-24, 35-41

“…one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him…35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” 36 Overhearing[c] what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” 37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the handand said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”).42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.”

This miracle shows that opinion had begun to divide within the Jewish leadership. Some people thought what he did was legitimate and others thought it was illegitimate. But it’s clear that no one thought what he was doing was fraud.  And that is very interesting. 

In short, the answer is: Miracles were very important!!  The miracles proved that he was indeed divine and was God’s son. And also helped others believe in him.

 

Western lit, essay 85.

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