The Miracles Of Jesus

“Did you hear that Jesus opened the eyes of a man who was born blind?”

I don’t believe the miracles described in the New Testament are true?

“Why is that?”

I read a book by a Theologian who said that we don’t really know if Jesus actually performed all of the miracles that are described in the four Gospels.”

“So, he is saying that the writers of the Gospels lied to us about what Jesus did?”

Sound like it.”

“That is interesting but it doesn’t make sense.”

How’s that?”

“Well I have been going through a study in the Old Testament about the Hebrew prophecies of the Messiah.”

What does that have to do with Jesus’ miracles?

Well, it seems that beginning about 700 years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah wrote that the Messiah would open the eyes of the blind, cause the deaf to hear, and make the paralyzed to walk.”

“I don’t get what you are saying. What does an old prophecy from Isaiah have to do with Jesus?

“Jesus claimed to be the Messiah and these are some of the miracles that He performed.”

I’m not following you.”

“Well, I’m just saying, if Jesus didn’t have the ability to perform miracles as this Theologian said, how is it that He was doing exactly what the Old Testament said He would do, 700o years before Jesus arrived?”

You are saying that what Jesus did in the New Testament is what was predicted in the Old?

Yes. So if we disqualify what is written about Jesus in the New Testament as lies, does this mean that the Old Testament is also lying; the Messiah won’t be able to perform miracles?”

Well, that’s what it sounds like.”

“So let me get this straight: In order to believe that both the Old and New Testaments are lying, we would have to believe that 40 authors, writing over a period of 1,500 years, conspired together across the expanse of history, to deceive the world?”

Since you put it that way, I think the Theologian has a problem.”

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing.  ~Isaiah 35:5-6

Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities. And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”  ~Matthew 11:1-6