Were Jesus' miracles for real?

Question
Do you really believe Jesus did miracles when he walked on this earth?
Answer
A miracle is an extraordinary work performed by the immediate power of God in the external perceivable world, which is an act against nature that only God can do. — R.C. Sproul

Greek and Hebrew texts refer to signs and wonders performed by Jesus and the apostles. Essentially, we observe three main periods in redemptive history where God chose to do miracles: the period of Moses and Joshua; the period of Elijah and Elisha; and Christ and his apostles. So, yes, for Bible-believing Christians, Jesus did miracles when he walked on this earth.

John 21:25 tells us: "Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written." We don't have a list of all Jesus' miracles, but here is a brief list.

Miracle
Text(s)
Lepers cleansed Matt. 8:1-4; Mark 1:41-42; Luke 5:12-14; 17:11-19
Individuals healed from afar Matt. 8:5-13; Luke 7:2-10; John 4:46-54
Peter's mother-in-law healed Matt. 8:14-15; Mark 1:29-31; Luke 4:38-41
Calmed a storm Matt. 8:22-25; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25
Cast out demons Matt. 8:28-34; 9:32-33; 15:21-28; 17:14-18; Mark 1:23-27; 5:1-20; 7:24-30; Luke 4:31-37; 8:26-39; 9:37-42
Healed a paralyzed man Matt. 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26
Dead were raised to life Matt. 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-43; Luke 8:40-56; John 11:1-45
People healed by touching Jesus' garment Matt. 9:20-23; Mark 5:25-34; 6:53-56; Luke 8:43-48
Blind were healed Matt. 9:27-31; Mark 8:22-26; 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-43; John 9:1-41
Multitudes healed Matt. 15:29-31; Mark 1:32-34
Multitudes fed Matt. 14:13-21; 15:32-39; Mark 6:33-44; 8:1-10; Luke 9:12-17; John 6:1-14
Walked on water Matt. 14:22-33
Peter caught a fish with money in its mouth Matt. 17:24-27
A cursed tree withered Matt. 21:18-22; Mark 11:12-25
Healed on the Sabbath Mark 3:1-6; Luke 13:10-17; 14:1-6; John 5:1-18
Deaf mute was healed Mark 7:31-37
Cut-off ear restored Luke 22:47-53
Filled nets with fish John 21:1-14
Turned water to wine John 2:1-11

The most miraculous thing Jesus did, however, was to forgive sin (Matt. 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12). Has he forgiven your sin?

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Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (IIIM).