What is a miracle?
A miracle is an extraordinary event that goes against nature, cannot be explained by science and is caused by God.
In Mark’s day, people would have believed in miracles and did not need any scientific explanations or proof. Instead he focused on the amazing things Jesus could do through the power of God.
What do we learn about Jesus through the miracles?
We learn a lot about the person of Jesus through the miracles he worked.
You can remember these through the acronym CERT – compassion, examples, relationship and teachings:
- Miracles showed the compassion Jesus had for people. He did not want to see them suffering unnecessarily. For example, when he healed a leper.
- Miracles provided examples for people to follow. This can be seen when Jesus healed the paralysed man because of the faith of his friends. This teaches us to have faith.
- Miracles demonstrated the close relationship Jesus had with God, his Father. It is through the power of God that Jesus is able to perform miracles.
- Miracles proved that Jesus’ teachings were true. Jesus was who he said he was.