While it is known among many people – both Christians and non-Christians – that Jesus is the central figure of Christianity and the gospels are considered the authoritative source of his life and work, many understandably wonder about the supposed miracles referred to in these books. This leads to the question: what are the miracles of Jesus?
According to the gospel accounts, Jesus performed about 4 types of miracles in his ministry, and most of them center on his control over nature, healings, exorcisms, and resurrections. Others that he performed occasionally are his changing water into wine and feeding the five thousand people.
This article seeks to answer the question of what miracles Jesus did and even look into their classification and order in which he did them. Some accounts relating to these miracles might seem unclear, duplicated from other sources, or only appear in one gospel account. Still, this article aims to summarize all of them cohesively for easier reference.
How many miracles did Jesus perform in his ministry?
Although there have been attempts to know the number of miracles Jesus performed, the truth is that it is difficult to pin down an exact number. All four Gospels mention that he healed many people, and not all accounts are recorded in the Gospels – but the general estimate of these miracles is about 34 to 37.
The incompleteness of the list of Jesus’ miracles is further confirmed in John 21:25, where the writer states:
Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. John 21:25
What types of miracles did Jesus perform?
While Jesus performed dozens of miracles in the course of his three-year ministry, most of them can be classified into these types:
These comprise most of the accounts of Jesus’ miracles, and each Gospel gives them in varying detail – some involving Jesus speaking to people, while others involving complex methods like using mud. Jesus healed various people, with the accounts mentioning:
Begins with the healing of a blind man from Bethsaida in Mark 8:22-26, and the last recorded account was the healing of the man who was blind from birth in John 9:1-12.
These are not as common as his healings involving blindness, but they are also present in several instances. The notable ones are the healing of the ten lepers in Luke 17:11-19 and the leper in Mark 1:40-45.
The first instance of Jesus healing paralyzed people is in Matt. 9:1-8 when he heals a man placed on a mat and lowered through the roof of a house he was teaching in. John 5 also talks of a paralyzed man at the Pool of Bethesda whom Jesus healed.
The first instance of Jesus healing a woman was Peter’s mother-in-law, and later notable accounts include the bleeding woman and Jairus’ daughter.
These include healing the man with a withered hand, healing a deaf and mute man, healing the Centurion’s servant, and healing Malchus’ ear before his death.
Exorcisms are prominently mentioned in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, but they are conspicuously absent from the Gospel of John.
These accounts are present in all four Gospels, the most notable being the resurrection of Jairus’s daughter, Lazarus, and the son of the widow in Nain.
Power over nature
The most notable accounts include changing water into wine, the miraculous catching of fish, walking on water, calming the storm, and feeding thousands of people.
Miracles of Jesus in chronological order
It is worth noting that the accounts of different miracles may be scanty, and the gospel writers were not interested in providing accounts that fit with strict chronological timelines. With this in mind, this is a summary of these miracles.
Changing water to wine
Jesus first performed the miracle of changing water into wine at the wedding in Cana, as outlined in John 2:1-11. In particular, verse 11 states that this was his first miracle:
This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him. John 2:11
The healing of a nobleman’s son
This account was followed by his healing of a nobleman’s son in John 4:46-54, which also counted as his first miraculous healing. According to the account, he did this in Capernaum in Galilee, where he went shortly after performing his first miracle in Cana. Interestingly, verse 54 in this account states that this was his second miracle:
This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he came from Judea to Galilee. John 4:54
First haul of fish
From this point, it becomes challenging to know which miracles followed in order. Still, the consensus among biblical scholars is that he performed his third miracle in the Sea of Galilee in Luke 5:1-11 by directing Peter to cast his net and getting his first significant catch.
Healing a leper in Capernaum
The fourth account is recorded in Matthew 8:2-4, and this account is also present in Mark 1:40-45 and Luke 5:12-15. It concerns Jesus healing a leper in Capernaum, but Matthew’s account is unique from the other two accounts because it does not explain what happened after the leper talked about Jesus healing him even when Jesus did not want him to do so.
Healing the Centurion’s servant
Shortly after this, a Roman centurion in the same area comes to seek healing for his servant, as recorded in Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10. Unlike many people who wanted to receive physical healing from Jesus, this account was unique because the Centurion only wanted Jesus to speak and his servant would be healed. Jesus responded by commending him for his faith.
When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him and, turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” Luke 7:9
Resurrecting the son of a widow
Jesus then travels to Nain soon after this, and he performs his first resurrection miracle by raising the son of a widow back to life, as recorded in Luke 7:11-17.
Healing a demon-possessed man
He returns to Capernaum and heals a demon-possessed man in Mark 1:21-28 (also in Luke 4:31-37). In this account, he performed this miracle when he was teaching in the synagogue on the Sabbath – further spreading his fame everywhere in the town.
Healing Peter’s mother-in-law
While he was in Capernaum, he also healed Peter’s mother-in-law from her illness, as recorded in Matthew 8:14, Mark 1:29-31, and Luke 4:38-39.
Healing a paralyzed man
This was when he was teaching in a person’s home, and a paralyzed man was lowered down through the roof. This account is in Matthew 9:2-8, Mark 2:1-12, and Luke 5:17-26.
Healing of the paralyzed man in the temple
Jesus then goes to Jerusalem in John 5:1-16 to celebrate a Jewish festival, then encounters an impotent man at the temple and heals him.
Healing the man with a withered hand
He returns with his disciples to Galilee after this and heals a man with a withered hand in Matthew 12:10-14, Mark 3:1-6, and Luke 6:6-11.
Healing a demon-possessed, mute, and blind man
Around the same time, he healed a demon-possessed man and was also mute and blind in Matthew 12:22 and Luke 11:14.
Calming the storm
After this, Jesus went with his disciples out to the Sea of Galilee, and they encounter a bad storm which he calms in Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, and Luke 8:22-25.
Healing of two demon-possessed men and a paralytic man
When he and his disciples arrived at the other side of the Sea of Galilee in Gadara, they were then met by two men who were demon-possessed and living in tombs. This account is in Mark 5:1-20 and Matthew 8:28-34. Shortly after, he also healed a paralytic man in Matt. 9:1-7.
Resurrecting Jairus’ daughter and healing the woman with bleeding issues
He also went back to Capernaum and resurrected Jairus’ daughter in Matt. 9:18-26, Mark 5:22-24, and Luke 8:41-56. He also indirectly healed a woman suffering from bleeding issues for 12 years in Matt. 9:20-22 when she touched his garments.
Feeding the five thousand
He then went to Decapolis and fed five thousand people using five loaves and two fish from a young boy in Matt. 14:13-21, Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:10-17, and John 6:5-14.
Walking on water
Shortly after, he went with his disciples to the Sea of Galilee and walked on water in Matt. 14:22-33, Mark 6:45-52, and John 6:15-21.
Healing the son of a Phoenician woman, and a dumb and deaf man
Afterward, he went to the area of Tyre and Sidon in Matt.15:21-28 and Mark 7:24-30 and heals the son of a Phoenician woman. He then returns to Decapolis, where he heals a man who was both deaf and dumb in Mark 7:31-37.
Feeding the four thousand
Similar to the miracle of feeding five thousand with a few resources, Jesus fed four thousand people using seven loaves of bread and a few fish in Matt. 15:32-39 and Mark 8:1-9.
Restoring the sight of two blind men and healing a demon-possessed boy
He goes to Bethsaida and heals the sight of a blind man in Mark 8:22-26, heals a demon-possessed boy in Mark 9:14-29, and goes back to Jerusalem and heals the eyesight of a man born blind in John 9:1-41.
Healing the 10 lepers
He later goes to the border of Samaria and heals 10 lepers in Luke 17:11-19. Interestingly, the Bible also records that the only one who came back to thank him was a Samaritan.
He travels to Bethany with his disciples and resurrects Lazarus in John 11:1-46.
Healing Malchus’ ear
The last miracle he performed before his death was the healing of Malchus’ ear in Matt. 26:51-54, Mark 14:47-49, Luke 22:50-51, and John 18:10-11.
The second haul of fish
After his resurrection and appearing to his disciples in John 21:1-14, he directed Peter to cast out his net, and Peter got a significant catch – similar to what happened in his third miracle.
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