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The Miracle Worker (2 of 18)
Series: New Testament Sampler
Mark 1:29-45; Mark 6:45-56; 7:37; 8:11-12; Acts 2:22
Introduction: Jesus was a miracle worker. There is no way around that. Jesus claimed to do miracles. The apostle's preached that he did. His character, authority, and deity rest on his claims to have supernatural power. All claims to redefine him as just another teacher or as a misunderstood political activist miss the point. He said his works proved he came from the Father.
Jesus' miracles were especially important to Mark's portrait of Christ. Mark emphasizes the actions of Jesus more than his words. He includes both, but he wants his more secular Roman readers to be moved by the power of the Christ. The Gospels record approximately thirty-five different miracles. Mark, the shortest of the Gospels, tells about eighteen of them. Two miracles are part of all the Gospel accounts: the feeding of the five thousand and the resurrection. One is unique to Mark, the healing of the blind man of Bethsaida (8:22-26).
Tonight we will overview the miracles of Jesus, especially in Mark, by answering four questions: What is a miracle? What was so special about Jesus' miracles? Why did Jesus perform miracles? Finally, so what? What does this mean for us today?
First, what is a miracle? That's not as easy to answer as you might think. We use the word miracle in all kinds of ways. We call anything that awes us a miracle. The miracle of birth, the marvels of nature, or the wonders of scientific breakthroughs may all be termed miracles.
We call any amazing human achievement a miracle. The recent movie by that name tells the story of the US hockey team's victory over the Soviet team in the 1980 Olympics. I am sure many will consider it a miracle when the Cubs win the World Series this year. That's inevitable, not a miracle!!
In ordinary language, a miracle is anything that we can't explain. For example, did you hear about the two guys who ...
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