WHY DID JESUS WORK MIRACLES?He did them to prove His identity to the Jews: "Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe" (Jn. 4:48). Paul wrote: "For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom" (1 Cor. 1:22). John wrote: "This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth His glory; and His disciples believed on Him" (Jn. 2:11). "If I do not the works of My Father, believe Me not. But if I do, though ye believe not Me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in Me, and I in Him" (Jn. 10:37-38). "Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works' sake" (Jn. 14:11).
HOW DID JESUS WORK MIRACLES?Jesus, Who had "become lower than the angels" (Ps. 8:5; Heb. 2:7-9), did so voluntarily; Paul wrote: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross" (Phil. 2:5-8).
Because Jesus chose to come as one of us, one might ask how did He work miracles? The answer is found in Matthew 12:28, which reads: "...I cast out devils by the Spirit of God...." We are told that Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit; that is, He had the Spirit of God in His fullness as He walked the earth as a man: "And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness" (Lk. 4:1); and "For He whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him" (Jn. 3:34).
WHAT DID THE MIRACLES PROVE?The miracles of Jesus proved He had the approval of Almighty God (Jn. 3:2), and that he had power over:
Chemistry: He changed water into wine (Jn. 2:1-11). Jesus fed over 5000 (Mt. 14:15-21; etc.); over 4000 (Mt. 15:32-39).
Meteorology: He calmed the storm (Mt. 8:23-27).
Zoology: He controlled sea life (Lk. 5:1-11; Jn. 21:4-11); the swine (Mt. 8:32).
Botany: He caused a fig tree to wither (Mt. 21:18-22).Medicine: He healed the nobleman's son (Jn. 4:46-47; Peter's mother-in-law (Mk. 1:30-31); lepers (Mk. 1:40-45; Lk. 17:11-19); the Centurion's servant (Mt. 8:5-13); a paralytic (Mt. 9:1-8); the woman with an issue of blood (Lk. 8:43-48); the blind (Mt. 9:27-31; 20:30-34; Mk. 8:22-26; Jn. 9:1-38); the mute (Mt. 9:32-33); the deaf (Mk. 7:31-37); an invalid (Jn. 5:1-9); a "bowed" woman (Lk. 13:10-17);
a withered hand (Mt. 12:10-13); a man with "dropsy" (Lk. 14:1-4); the high priest's servant (Lk. 22:50-51).
Human Life: He raised the dead: the widow's son (Lk. 7:11-18); the ruler's daughter (Mt. 9:18-26); Lazarus (Jn. 11:1-46); and Jesus Himself rose from the dead (Lk. 24:5-6; etc.).
The Spirit World: He cast out demons (Mk. 1:23-28; Mt. 8:28-34; Mt. 12:22; Mt. 15:22-28; Mt. 17:14-21).
THESE ARE BUT THE "TIP OF THE ICEBERG"
"Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written" (Jn. 21:25)!