The meaning of Jesus’ miracles: an historical view - Centre for Public Christianity
The Gospel miracles, such as the healing of the 10 lepers, demonstrated that in Jesus the Kingdom of God had come among us. Healing and. We see an immediate connection between the in-breaking of the kingdom of God in the person of Jesus with the proclamation of the good news. Likewise, the New Testament contains numerous accounts of Jesus' healing people of their stories say about God and God's relationship with humanity.
When Elisha refused to accept any gifts for the miracle of healing, Namaan insisted that he might be allowed to take with him earth from the Holy Land — a strange request, but it expressed his longing to be one with the God of Israel. Healing had become salvation, a true communion with the God of Israel. The familiar narrative of the healing of the 10 lepers tells the same story of healing leading to salvation. Once again the plight of the lepers expresses something far beyond its physical symptoms.
THE MIRACLES OF JESUS CHRIST
Leprosy brought with it a necessary quarantine, an enforced alienation from the security of community. Sin has the same effect on the soul, weakening the life that we share with God and with each other. Christ broke through the isolation of the lepers, bidding them to go and show themselves to the priests.
Even as the lepers made their way to the Temple, they were cured. Only one returned so as to praise God. The other nine, where are they? Do you know how Jesus performed His miracles? What can we learn from the Gospel accounts of these exciting and inspiring deeds? No ordinary child It was clear to the elite doctors of the law in Jerusalem that Jesus was no ordinary child even at age After keeping the Feast of Passover with His family there, Jesus was found talking with the most educated men in Israel, and Luke 2: Jesus was conceived by His mother, Mary; but Joseph was not His real father.Jesus Teaches of Being Born Again
Yet with all His astounding gifts, Jesus personally emphasized that He had no inherent ability to accomplish anything miraculous on His own. He said in John 5: Imagine what any of us could accomplish if we had, without limit, the power of God through His Holy Spirit! Jesus continually honored and gave credit to His Father for all that He accomplished. He never stated that He alone could achieve what He did. Our Savior declared in John Jesus further explained that this would be possible because He was going to His Father and would send this same Holy Spirit to work in the lives of His disciples John But first I want to clear up a misunderstanding.
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There is an entire worldview locked up in this description, one heavily indebted to the Enlightenment particularly 18th-century philosopher David Hume. It assumes a dualism, the presence of two worlds: When that spiritual world overrides the physical one, we have a miracle.
Of course, philosophical materialists flat out deny any spiritual dimension to existence but their definition of a miracle still involves a hypothetical incursion into the natural world by something extraneous to it.
I suspect some religious people today likewise think of miracles in terms of two worlds colliding—God bending or breaking the natural order to achieve some astonishing purpose. From their point of view—the Jewish point of view—there are not two worlds at all, just one, and God is its sole Creator and Sustainer. Everything that happens in the universe, from the rising of the sun to the gift of breath itself, is the powerful work of God.
Whatever happens in the world, in other words, is his action in his world. The latter indicates that these displays of power pointed beyond themselves to some larger meaning. Bishop Tom Wright of Durham, who is also a noted theologian and historian, says of these Greek terms: What meaning was attached to them and, in particular, what meaning did Jesus attach to them. As I noted a moment ago, the exceptional nature of our evidence allows us to answer this historical question with a surprising degree of confidence.
Some in the crowd attributed this ability to a chief demonic entity known as Beelzebul the etymology of which is completely obscure. Jesus offers another interpretation: Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute.
When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed. Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebul.
Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. The whole issue of demon possession and exorcism is problematic for many of us today. There is a truth here, but it is not the whole truth.
Many scholars today, of course, have strong suspicions about the psychosomatic nature of ancient demon possession and exorcism Prof.
As Meier himself says: Hence, however disconcerting it may be to modern sensibilities, it is fairly certain that Jesus was, among other things, a 1st-century Jewish exorcist and probably won not a little of his fame and following by practicing exorcisms.
It is easy to see why this interpretation came to mind. According to Jewish tradition, one day God would establish his kingdom in the world, overthrowing evil and restoring human life to its intended state.
Creation itself, including its social structures, would be renewed.