In Awe of Jesus

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I am in awe of Jesus. This is true for many reasons, one of which is the miracles he performed while on Earth.

As I look at the miracles recorded in the four gospels, I see four general categories in which these miracles were performed: healing the body, casting out demons, controlling nature, and raising the dead. They illustrate the depth and breadth of Jesus’ authority in this world. My training in the sciences causes me to wonder in amazement at the miracles of Jesus and to appreciate his awesome power.

There are hundreds of things that can and do go wrong with our physical bodies. There are 24 miracles mentioned in the gospels in which Jesus healed diseases such as blindness, dropsy, leprosy, internal bleeding, deformed limbs, and more. How could something as intricate as the eye or as complicated as bone deformation heal instantly? Jesus spoke or touched, and the body was healed—quickly and perfectly. Even with all the advancements in medical technology, such healing remains far beyond human capability. But for Jesus, the impossible was simple.

The realm of demons might be difficult for us to understand but is very real. There are five instances when Jesus demonstrated his authority over demons. Jesus could recognize the presence of a demon, could communicate with them, and with a word cause them to leave. The demons recognized Jesus’ authority and obeyed immediately. Though invisible to us, they were visible to Jesus, and he knew just what to do. His word was final.  

In nine instances, Jesus demonstrated his authority over nature—by changing water to wine, calming a storm, causing a fig tree to wither, causing bread and fish to multiply, and causing fish to enter nets. I wonder how two cooked fish could increase so greatly and so quickly. I cannot begin to grasp how this could have happened. The process for making wine is lengthy and involves many steps, and large trees simply do not wither within hours. Yet at Jesus’ commands, water, wind, plants, and animals defied natural laws to do his bidding. Again, it happened rapidly and easily. Nothing was too hard for Jesus.

Lastly, Jesus demonstrated his authority over death. Decomposition of a body begins shortly after death and is irreversible. However, at Jesus’ command, two children and a man each returned to life—immediately and in full health. In an instant, decaying bodies became living, functioning beings. Death gave way to hearts that beat, lungs that breathed, and eyes that could see. The biologically impossible was done as quickly and easily as the other kinds of miracles. Who can comprehend this?

Jesus was in control then and remains in control today. Jesus said, “All things have been handed over to me by my Father” (Matt. 11:27, ESV) and “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matt. 28:18). Jesus has all authority over heaven and earth—what we can see and what we cannot see. There never has been, is not now, nor will there ever be anything that is too hard for Jesus. It follows, then, that we can put complete trust and confidence in him.

Jesus understands all the challenges we face and has invited us to bring everything to him as often as we want, big or small, difficult or easy. He specializes in and welcomes things that are too hard for us. Jesus is all-powerful, all-knowing and all-sufficient. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. I stand in awe of my King.

About the Author

Stan Koster and his wife, Melissa, are members of Sunshine Community Church in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stan has a Ph.D. in biology from Michigan State University and is retired from teaching and research.

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Thanks, Stan, for your take on the legendary Jesus. With many others you stand in awe of the Jesus who is said to have performed many miracles. Apparently these many acclaimed miracles vouch for the supernatural authority and power of Jesus.

Have you ever noticed the two very different biographical sketches that are portrayed of former president, Donald Trump? The Republicans and Fox News, generally, present a very glowing picture of him with hopes that he will soon be back in office. Whereas the Democrats and CNN News, generally, present a very scathing picture of a failed president, whose re-election would be the downfall of America. Two very different pictures with different hopes and fears. Both sides believe their own stories and claims are completely true.

Such are the Biblical accounts of Jesus, as seen by those who are not Christians, not Jesus supporters or followers. That Jesus is a second person of a Triune God who came down to earth from heaven to be born of a virgin woman apart from any human male involvement? Or is it true that he lived a sinless life, performing miracle after miracle, including the feeding of 5,000 people from a child’s lunch, with food left over? Such Biblical claims were all written by authors who were pro Jesus supporters, biased followers, perhaps similar to those who have made grand claims for our former president. Unbelievers believe that such reports are unsubstantiated and completely biased and unreliable. If you are going to believe such accounts of Jesus, are we then obligated to believe the miraculous accounts of every other religion which, like Christianity, claim their Scriptures are inspired by God and completely true? Are the heroes and miracle workers of other religions really who they and their religion claim them to be? For the same reasons that reasonable people question and doubt the miraculous claims of other religions, they also doubt the unsubstantiated claims of Christianity. It may be the claim of Christians today that Jesus has ascended into heaven where all power and authority over heaven and earth has been handed over to Jesus, as you suggest. But how do we explain the thousands upon thousands of those who have died of Covid 19 while many more thousands have prayed in Jesus’ name for the healing of their loved ones if nothing is too hard for Jesus? Or is his resurrection and ascension into heaven another unsubstantiated claim? I’m sorry, Stan. I think our defense of Jesus and his many miracles falls short, as do the miracles of every other religion. We’ve got work to do in defending Jesus. Thanks, Stan, for your contribution.

Thanks, Roger, for sharing your comment.  If I understand you correctly, you are suggesting that the Bible authors wrote their Bible gospels and epistles from within their own Christian bias.  They wrote from how they perceived Jesus and not what was factually true. Realistically, all the books of the New Testament that were saved and placed in the Canon of the New Testament were written by ardent followers of Jesus.  Books or letters that didn’t fit the Christian criteria were discarded.  So obviously the New Testament is biased and tells its readers what the authors want them to believe.  This is much like the biographical sketches of our previous president that have been written with either a negative or positive twist, in hopes that readers will agree with the particular slant on the goodness or evil of our previous president.  In fact, you can see such biased writing in regard to our many previous presidents. Some are more bazaare or extreme than others.  And obviously, the Bible is written with an extreme bias, as are the so called holy Scriptures of all religions.  Nearly all religions, like Christianity, claim strange or bizaare events.  This is a commonality shared among most religions, with the purpose of bolstering the uniqueness of a particular religion.

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