The Miracle-Working Messiah

If you';ve studied the life of Jesus as it is recorded in the Gospels, you know that Jesus was a miracle worker who performed great wonders such as turning water into wine (his first recorded miracle), feeding thousands of people with next to no food, calming storms, healing the sick, walking on water, and raising the dead.

Isaiah wrote of the coming Messiah: “And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind and unplug the ears of the deaf. The lame will leap like a deer, and those who cannot speak will sing for joy! Springs will gush forth in the wilderness, and streams will water the wasteland” (35:5–6).

What are the benefits of studying Isaiah';s prophecies about Jesus?

There are several, but let';s concentrate on two here. First, you get to know who Jesus was and learn to know him better on a personal basis. Second, you build up your faith through knowing that all the things surrounding Jesus';s life — including the things he did — had been promised centuries before.

This passage lists a few of the specifics of Jesus';s ministry of miracle healing — giving sight to the blind, giving hearing to the deaf, and allowing the disabled to walk — and if you read the Gospels you';ll see Jesus performing these miracles repeatedly. Here are a few references for you to look up when you have the time:

  • healed people of leprosy (Matthew 8:2, Luke 17:11)

  • healed people who were paralyzed (Mark 2:3)

  • gave sight to the blind (Matthew 9:27, Luke 18:35, John 9:1)

  • gave hearing to the deaf (Mark 7:31)

  • raised people from the dead (Mark 5:22, 35; John 7:11, John 11:43)

  • healed and freed the demon-possessed (Luke 8:26, Matthew 9:32, Luke 4:33, Matthew 12:22)

  • While this list is a good starting place to look at some of the miracles of Jesus and how they line up with the prophecies of Isaiah, realize that there are many more examples of Jesus';s miracles recorded in the Gospels. In addition to the healing miracles, Jesus also demonstrated power over the weather, over nature, and over earthly events.

    Study Questions

    Read John 10:25 and 14::11. What was the purpose of Jesus';s miracles?

    Read John 2:13–19. How did the Jewish religious leadership approach miracles in that account?

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