Miracles Sans Jesus
Miracles Jesus Didn’t Perform
Centurion Asks Jesus to Heal a Person in His Home
8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.”
Matthew 8; V. 8 & 13
“. . . as thou hast believed so be it done unto thee.”
This is the first time in the New Testament Jesus tells us what we believe will be true
The centurion in this story not only knew Jesus could heal his servant, he knew Jesus did not even have to be there to do it. The centurion reasoned that if he could give an order that would be carried out by men who did not see or hear him give the order, then Jesus, Lord of All, could do the same thing. The centurion’s faith was such that he did not question the ability of Jesus to heal his servant. He believed it, and the servant healed.
An Ill Woman Touches the Hem of Christ’s Garment
20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him and touched the hem of his garment: 21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. 22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.”
“. . . If I may but touch his garment.”
Jesus knew when she touched his robe. Though instantly healed, she worried Jesus would be angry with her. Jesus saw her then turned to her and said, “Thy faith has made the whole.”
Medical experts know a positive attitude is crucial for someone who is gravely ill.
Often critically ill people are told there is little else medical science can do to cure them. The doctors predict the time the patient has left to live.
In many cases, the patients spend their last days preparing to die.
However, many documented cases prove terminally place their faith in God and live long after the predicted date of death.
Some even enter into remission and live out their normal life.
A well-documented case of this comes from the Emory University Medical School in Atlanta, Georgia. A cancer patient in the 1970’s decided to take Reader’s Digest magazine seriously when they said, Laughter is the Best Medicine. Before VCRs and videotapes were available, he asked his family to purchase a home projector and all the Laurel and Hardy and Three Stooges films they could find. When nurses or doctors passed his room, they heard his laughter. In discussions with anyone who asked, the patient said he believed he could heal himself with laughter. He did.
A Woman of Canaan
Matthew 15: 22–28
22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. 24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. 26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread and to cast it to dogs. 27And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. 28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.”
“. . . O Woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.”
This woman, not of Israel’s tribe, but a Canaanite, a people shunned by the Jews. She came seeking Christ’s help. To fulfill the Old Testament scriptures saying Jesus offers the children of Israel His salvation first, he does not answer her at first. When he does answer her, it is not what she hoped. He told her it is not right to cast the gift to the children of Israel to the dogs of Canaan. Then the woman answers that even a crumb would be enough, and her faith prevails.
Some readers think Jesus had no intention of healing this woman’s daughter based on this final statement to her. Jesus wanted to show others the power of her faith so they might believe like the woman from Canaan.
Nothing Shall Be Impossible to You
14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, 15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. 16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. 17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? Bring him hither to me. 18 And Jesus rebuked the devil, and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. 19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove, and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
“. . . and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
Nothing Shall be Impossible to You
Think about it. Jesus never lied or exaggerated.
“. . . nothing shall be impossible.”
Jesus also said, ”Wherever two or more are gathered in my name…
Be As Little Children
Ephesians 5:1 Be ye, therefore, followers of God, as dear children;
Matthew 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 19:13–14 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Little children have unquestionable and unshakeable faith and trust in their parents. Only as children learn the material world’s ways, they begin to question their parents’ authority, choices, and commands. In the early stages, they know their parents will provide, protect, and direct them. Their young minds may question other things but never the loyalty and love their parents have for them.
Belief is a powerful force in our lives. When enough people believe the same thing, it becomes a fact in their thinking. When the belief becomes universal, it is unstoppable.