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Webster’s Dictionary defines miracles as: an unusual or wonderful event that is believed to be caused by the power of God; a very amazing or unusual event, thing, or achievement. When you ask almost anybody about miracles, the first thing they would probably think about would have something to do with Jesus and His plethora of miracles in the New Testament Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Miracles existed in that day and time during Jesus’ three-year ministry.

The Miracles of Jesus

Everywhere Jesus had gone, He was healing someone whether it was mentally, physically, emotionally or spiritually. There even existed a myth where church fathers claimed that Jesus performed so many miracles during His ministry that there was not even enough room to fit them into a book! Spectators called miracles “magic” back in the New Testament, but for believers, those miracles represented the very power of God.

There are at least twenty scriptural references in the New Testament regarding miracles. We do know that faith was a requirement for a miracle to occur. We are reminded of the time when Jesus had gone to the home of Peter to heal his bedridden mother-in-law and He had ordered the unbelievers to leave the room for their unbelief could have possibly thwarted the miracle He was about to perform.

The New Testament is full of miracles that are designed to strengthen one’s faith in the Almighty God. Even after Jesus left this earth to sit at the right hand of the Father, the disciples carried out His mission of miraculous works. They drove out demons, healed the sick, and etcetera.

Miracles were basically performed when all human capabilities have been surpassed in situations and feats that they no longer could control. In scripture, we see what is happening in regard to miracles: Matthew 19:26 tells us that with man it is impossible, but with God, all things are possible. Matthew 21:21 tells us that our faith gives birth to miracles. Romans 15:18-19 in a nutshell tells us that miracles, signs and wonder come from the Holy Spirit. In Acts 19:11-12, the Bible tells us that God worked through Paul to heal the sick and release them from evil spirits. Other scriptural references regarding what the New Testament has to say about miracles can be found in: Acts 3:16, John 2:11, Mark 9:23, Matthew 17:20.

Modern-Day Miracles

What do Americans think about miracles? According to Pew Research, an estimated 80% of adult Americans believe in miracles. However, 57% believe in the birth of Jesus Christ through the virgin Mary which is also a miracle. 65% of Americans believe in the death and resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Also, other research has claimed that the belief of miracles by Millennials has drastically dwindled down in the past few years.

And for those that are asking, yes, miracles do happen today. We see them every single day when we wake up in the morning. God is still healing people all over the world from certain ailments and diseases. He is still giving a voice to the voiceless and hope to the hopeless. Those are miracles. A recent study by Premier Christianity showed that a group of missionaries were holding revivals in Mozambique amongst the Makua Tribe where hundreds of deaf people could hear again. In the Far East, there recently had been a woman who was diagnosed with cancer and died. Two hours later, a Baptist minister prayed over her and she was raised from the dead. To unbelievers, miracles seem foolish, but to us, it is the very power of God! And as my 73-year-old grandmother would say, “God is still in the healing business.”

The greatest miracle in human history is none other than Jesus Christ rising from the dead three days after being crucified. This astounding miracle was the absolute best that God could have ever done.

Briyant Hines is from Cleveland, Ohio. At the age of 5, he decided that he was going to become a Minister of the Gospel. He just received his AA in Religious Studies from Beulah Heights University. He has written for devotional magazines, Christian magazines, Christian blogs, as well as The Front Office News, FanSided, and Cleveland Sports Talk, DevoZine, Christian Media Magazine, and more. Connect with Briyant on Twitter.

 

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