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Why Should We Believe in Jesus' Miracles?
Why Should We Believe in Jesus’ Miracles?
I. BECAUSE OF THE VERIFIABILITY OF THEM
a. E.g. man born blind (John 9: 1-11)
1) There was no doubt that this man was blind – not a pretender, not someone "planted” in the audience, not a mental case.
2) No doubt this was the right man–his neighbors and parents said so.
b. E.g. raising of Lazarus (John 11:43-45)
1) Obviously he was dead – already decaying!
2) When is the last time you saw or heard of anything like this from a TV miracle worker?
c. Modern pretenders prefer to do things that cannot be verified (e.g. internal problems or things emotionalism may temporarily override–e.g. in wheel chair)
d. Because even Jesus’ enemies admitted that He did these things
a. They accused Him of using Satan’s power to do them – Matthew 9:32-34
e. John 11:45-48 – Pharisees acknowledged that He did many signs–they feared that He would gain a big following
II. CONSEQUENCES OF DENYING THE MIRACLES OF JESUS
1. Jesus loses His credibility as the Son of God
a. Acts 2:22 – it was the miracles that showed that God approved of what Jesus said and did
b. His "works” proved that He was whom He said He was – John 5:36; John 14:11
c. OT prophecies predicted that Messiah would work miracles – Isaiah 35:5-6
2. John 20:30-31 – one great pillar would be knocked our from under our faith.
A. We can be confident that Jesus really did perform the miracles that Scripture mentions, as well as innumerable more not recorded there.
B. Those miracles attest to His identity as the Christ, the Son of God. That identity, in turn, gives meaning to His sacrificial death upon the cross, and to that crowning miracle of all miracles, His resurrection from the dead.
C. He also has the power to save you from your sins, and to raise you from the dead at the last day if you obey the gospel of Christ.
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