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What is a miracle?
There are a number of different definitions of what
a `miracle' is:
­noun
1. an effect or extraordinary event in the physical
world that surpasses all known human or natural
powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause.
2. such an effect or event manifesting or considered
as a work of god.
3. a wonder; marvel.
The philosopher F.R. Holland added to this a "lucky
coincidence with religious significance". The
philosopher David Hume claimed a miracle was any
event that "transgresses[i.e. breaks] the laws of
nature through the volition of a deity"
St Augustine (an early Christian thinker) said that
"Miracles are not contrary to Nature but to what is
known of Nature"…read more

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The significance of Jesus's miracles
Ability to forgive sins
Power over nature
Challenges authority and Jewish law (e.g. healing on
the Sabbath)
Shows God's awesome power
Demonstrates presence of the Holy Spirit
Fulfills Old Testament prophecy
Shows Jesus feels pity for people and wants to help them
Never to prove he is the Son of God…read more

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The miracles of Jesus can be divided into two types...
The nature miracles Healings and exorcisms
Remember these
Bible passages!
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Jesus calms the storm (Mark 4: Jesus drives out an evil spirit (Mark 1:21-28)
35-41) Jesus heals a paralytic (Mark 2:1-12)
Jesus feeds the five thousand A dead girl and a sick woman (Mark 5:21-43)
(Mark 6:30-44) The healing of a demon-possessed man (Mark 5:1-20)
Jesus walks on water (Mark 6: The faith of a Syrophoenician woman (Mark 7: 24-30)
45-52) The healing of a boy with an evil spirit (Mark 9:14-29)…read more

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The two types of miracles
The nature miracles Healings and Exorcisms
· The nature miracles can be used to · The healings can used to show God's
demonstrate God's almighty power almighty power (acted out through
(acted out through Jesus) over the forces Jesus) over illness and disease
of chaos · Many of the healings occur because
· The nature miracles can be used to of faith. These miracles highlight what
demonstrate God's almighty power God will do for those who have true
(acted out through Jesus) over the forces faith
of nature · The exorcisms demonstrate the
· The nature miracles can be used to power God has over the dark forces
demonstrate God's almighty power that exist both in the world and
(acted out through Jesus) over the within ourselves
storms, spiritual hunger or distress of
our everyday lives
That all of these miracles are done by Jesus reinforces the idea of him being the Messiah.…read more

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Jesus calms the storm (Mark 4:35-41)
35
On that day, when evening came, He said
to them, "Let us go over to the other
side." 36Leaving the crowd, they took Him
along with them in the boat, just as He was;
and other boats were with Him.
37
And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and
the waves were breaking over the boat so
much that the boat was already filling up.
38
Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on
the cushion; and they woke Him and said to
Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are
perishing?"
39
And He got up and rebuked the wind and
said to the sea, "Hush, be still." And the wind
died down and it became perfectly calm.
40
And He said to them, "Why are you afraid?
Do you still have no faith?"
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They became very much afraid and said to r t h
m e mbe
one another, "Who then is this, that even the R e ge!
passa
wind and the sea obey Him?"…read more

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