The Greatest Miracle of Jesus
In the life of Jesus while on this earth, He performed many miracles. Do you know which one was the greatest one? In this study you’ll discover what that miracle was, and why it is important to your life and future.
What is a miracle?
By definition a miracle is:
- Any amazing or wonderful occurrence
- A marvelous event manifesting a supernatural act of a Divine Agent (God)
In the Bible we find recorded many miracles in the life of Jesus while he lived on this earth.
If you could choose only one that Jesus did, Which miracle among the many do you think was the greatest one?
Let’s look at the miracles of Jesus and see if we can find what I believe was the greatest miracle of all.
1. Jesus’ Birth in Bethlehem
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost… And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:18, 21-23
Surely this was a very great miracle. God came down from heaven to make possible a way for our salvation. How the Creator became one of His own creations. The Potter became one of his pots. Yes, this clearly is a miracle; but it isn’t the greatest one.
2. Some may say that it was the changing of water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana
This was Jesus’ first miracle. And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine… And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him. John 2:1-3, 6-11
Those who witnessed this certainly thought that this was truly a miracle. But, it too was not the greatest one.
3. Feeding thousands of people with a few loaves and fishes was very great.
On two different occasions Jesus provided for – 5,000, and then 4,000 men, plus women and children. It provided needed strength and instant gratification for those who were recipients of these miracles.
Those who received these blessings had great plans for Jesus. Anyone who could provide such quantities of free food so quickly definitely needed to be in government!
It was there that the disciples, and the people, decided to make Jesus their King. And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way. And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude? And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children. Matthew 15:32-38
4. Jesus’ healing of many physical diseases
… And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them: Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.
Matthew 15:30, 31
And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole. Mark 6: 56
5. His restoration of a demon possessed man
(Interesting Note: This restored man became the first Christian missionary, who, after being delivered from Satan’s grasp, was sent home to witness to his friends and family of God’s love and mercy.)
And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit… And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel. Mark 5:1-8, 12-20
When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. Matthew 8:16, 17
6. The calming of the storms on the sea
On 2 occasions, the Bible records that Jesus brought huge storms under control.
And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? Mark 4:35-41
And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. Mark 6:45-51
And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. Matthew 14:22-33
7. The Transfiguration of Christ… when the voice of God the Father was again heard
The first time the Father’s voice was heard was at Christ’s baptism: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Matthew 3:17
The next time the Father’s voice was heard was at Christ’s transfiguration: And [Jesus] was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. Matthew 17:2
While he [Peter] yet spake, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. Matthew 17:5
And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. Mark 9:2
And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. Mark 9:7
Of this very special event, two of Jesus’ disciples who saw the Transfiguration made impressive statements:
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
2 Peter 1:16-18
8. The raising to life the son of the widow of Nain
And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people. And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about. Luke 7:11-17
Or the “impossible” (is anything impossible with God?) resurrection of Lazarus 4 days after his death.
The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record. For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle. John 12:17, 18
Even these two very significant miracles (of which everyone would agree), were still not the greatest one.
People living in the days Jesus was here on earth were very impressed with the things they witnessed, and many became believers in Him. They also asked the question we’re seeking to answer:
And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done? John 7:31
9. Now, some may say – I know what it was – it was Christ’s resurrection. That had to be the greatest miracle.
Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. John 10:17, 18
But, no, I think even as great as this one also was, it was not the one.
There is one even greater. The greatest of all.
In order to discover what this miracle was, we need to consider further some of Jesus’ last experiences on this earth.
The prophet Isaiah wrote of these: Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. Isaiah 52:13
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed… He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. Isaiah 53:3-5, 7, 8
In the Garden of Gethsemane note what Jesus spoke to Peter: Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and He shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? Matthew 26:53, 54
The exact number of one legion of the Roman army is unknown, but it was estimated to be between 3,600 and 6,000 each; [that would provide one legion for each disciple, and one for Jesus. Judas was no longer protected by God.]
Twelve legions would equal somewhere between 43,200 and 72,000 angels. An adequate number I think to handle that crisis situation. But, let’s consider what Jesus experienced:
- In the Garden
- Through a Trial of injustice
- Then on to Calvary
- Jesus had been betrayed, and forsaken by His disciples
- Illegally arrested, tried & condemned, by the religious leaders. and then cruelly judged by the Roman government
- Tied up
- Pushed and shoved around
- Spit upon
- Mocked and laughed at
- Slapped and whipped
- Treated as a common criminal
- Had a crown of thorns thrust upon His head
- He was condemned to die, though Pilate said 3 times that He was innocent. And, some very guilty persons: Barrabas (plus you and I) were released. He took our place.
- He was given a heavy cross to carry to Calvary and having been nailed to it, was hung up, and left to suffer, and finally to die.
Through all of this suffering – at any point along the way – Jesus could have expressed some very emotionally deep human sentiments that many of us could easily understand, and relate to:
- I’ve had enough!
- It’s too much!
- I don’t deserve to be treated like this!
- No one understands or cares; why should I?
- I don’t want to die!
- I don’t have to go through this!
Three times in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus had prayed for release from this awful situation (of which he was to pay for the sins of the whole world, and experience the hopeless penalty of the second death).
And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt… He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done… And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Matthew 26:39, 42, 44
And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
Mark 14:36 (This adds a significant part to one of these appeals.)
Think about what the crowd around His cross was mockingly saying to Him:
And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, Save thyself, and come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save. Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him. Mark 15:29-32
And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. Matthew 27:39-44
Let Him come down… and we will believe, they said…
After considering all of this, I would like to tell you (what I believe) was probably the Greatest miracle of all…
It’s found in: Matthew 27:42: He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
The Greatest Miracle was…that Jesus stayed on the cross and didn’t come down from it before He had died, and provided the way for our eternal salvation.
If He had freed Himself (or been delivered by Divine intervention) from the death of the cross, we would have been forever lost.
It was only His great love for us that kept Him there. He could not save Himself, and save us too.
He went all the way … the Just for the unjust…
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit… 1 Peter 3:18
… And now, in response to His sacrifice of true love… We love Him because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19
He died for us so we can live with Him.
“Christ has pledged Himself to be our substitute and surety, and He neglects no one. He, who could not see human beings exposed to eternal ruin without pouring out His soul unto death in their behalf, will look with pity and compassion upon every soul who realizes that he cannot save himself. He will look upon no trembling suppliant without raising him up. He, who through His own atonement provided for man an infinite fund of moral power, will not fail to employ this power in our behalf. We may take our sins and sorrows to His feet; for He loves us. His every look and word invites our confidence. He will shape and mold our characters according to His own will. In the whole Satanic force there is not power to overcome one soul who in simple trust casts himself on Christ. ‘He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength.’ Isaiah 40:29. ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ ” Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 157. E. G. White
Eternity will prove the worth of the Investment
He shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied. Isaiah 53:10, 11
“The love of God is without measure, without comparison! It is infinite. . . . When we contemplate the dignity and glory of Christ we see how great was that love that prompted the sacrifice made upon the cross of Calvary for the redemption of a lost world. This theme will fill the saints with wonder and amazement through eternal ages, and why should we not meditate upon it here in this world? . . .
O the mystery of godliness–God manifest in the flesh! This mystery increases as we try to comprehend it. It is incomprehensible, and yet human beings will allow worldly, earthly things to intercept the faint view it is possible for mortals to have of Jesus and His matchless love. . . . How can we be enthusiastic over earthly, common things and not be stirred with this picture –the cross of Calvary, the love that is revealed in the death of God’s dear Son . . . ?
All this humiliation and anguish were endured to bring back the wanderers, guilty and thankless, to the Father’s house. O the home of the blest–I cannot afford to lose it! I shall, if saved in the kingdom of God, be constantly discerning new depths in the plan of salvation. All the redeemed saints will see and appreciate as never before the love of the Father and the Son, and songs of praise will burst forth from immortal tongues. He loved us, He gave His life for us. With glorified bodies, with enlarged capacities, with hearts made pure, with lips undefiled, we shall sing the riches of redeeming love. There will be no suffering ones in heaven, no skeptics whom we must labor to convince of the reality of eternal things, no prejudices to uproot, but all will be susceptible to that love which passeth knowledge. Rest, thank God, there is a rest for the people of God, where Jesus will lead the redeemed into green pastures, by the streams of living waters which make glad the city of our God. Then the prayer of Jesus to His Father will be answered: ‘I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am.’ ” Maranatha, p. 318. E. G. White.
May God bless that we will let Jesus fully be Lord and Saviour in our life today; and welcome Him in peace when He returns to take us to the home He has promised.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:1-3
And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God, we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the Lord, we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation. Isaiah 25:9
Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift. 2 Corinthians 9:15
This article was written by Chris Teske
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