If we don’t count resurrections (there were three of those), Scripture records 23 specific, miraculous healings performed by Jesus. Among those healings were supposedly incurable diseases, such as blindness, leprosy, deafness, muteness, crippling lameness, withered or appendages, paralysis and more. According to Matthew, those 23 stunning miracles were just a small fraction of Christ’s true healing ministry. He reports that Jesus “healed every disease and sickness” among the large crowds that followed him. (4:23).
Why did Christ do that?
Compassion, obviously, was a motivating factor for Jesus, but healing also meant more than that to those who saw it and/or experienced it.
Jesus’ medical miracles gave proof that his teaching was from God, and endorsed his credibility as God’s Son and Israel’s Messiah (see John 3:2, 7:31). Miraculous healing, one theologian explains, “was performed not as broadcast philanthropy…but as a sign…The purpose of the miracles was to show God was at work in a new way.”
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