With the popularity of the “social gospel” that exists today, it’s often assumed that Jesus performed miracles purely as an act of compassion. Indeed, Matthew records at the feeding of the five thousand that Jesus “had compassion on them and healed their sick” (Matthew 14:14). Of course, He was compassionate! But is that the reason Jesus performed miracles during His time on earth?
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Jesus performed miracles (or “signs and wonders”) for the express purpose of confirming the gospel message2,3,4,5,6. Specifically, the miracles confirmed that Jesus was who He said He was (the Son of God)1,2,4,5,7,8. When Jesus’ own explanations for His miracles don’t connect them to “healing the world”2,7, or when He doesn’t do “many miracles” when belief isn’t happening3, we must conclude that the popular understanding of why Jesus performed miracles is incorrect according to Scripture.
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