The answer is, we don’t know how many miracles Jesus did during His life and earthly ministry on earth. We are unable to determine an actual count because we are told in four passages that Jesus healed many. Each of those healings is a miracle in and of itself, and we aren’t told how many there were. Plus there are many other miracles, like casting out demons, calming the waters, etc.
While we don’t know how many miracles were performed, we can count those that are clearly spoken of in the four gospel accounts. In doing that, we come up with 38 (please tell us if we missed any). But first…
Why Did Jesus Do Miracles?
Jesus did miracles for many reasons. First, Jesus told us that He came not to be ministered unto, but to minister (Mark 10:45) and in His miracles He certainly did that.
Another reason Jesus performed miracles was to reveal Himself as being sent by God, as being the Son of Man (a Messianic title), and as being the Son of God. Peter on the day of Pentecost affirmed this when he said that Jesus’ miracles showed Him to be “a man approved of God.” (Acts 2:22)
Jesus also did miracles to glorify the Father, because all miracles point to the Father (signs point to Jesus and a wonder points to the thing itself). The miracles Jesus did pointed to the Father in the power they displayed. Remember, Jesus had set aside His divinity, living only in His humanity, while here on earth. So His miracles were done by the power of the Holy Spirit who descended upon Him at His baptism and worked in and through Him. Again, on the day of Pentecost, Peter confirmed this by saying that God showed/proved Jesus by miracles, which He did through Jesus. (Acts 2:22).
One more reason for Jesus performing miracles was to give us a glimpse of that which is to come. One day all things will be made new by the power of God. The earth and all things in the earth will be restored to the perfection and perfect peace that was enjoyed in the Garden. God’s plan of redemption and restoration will be completed and that will be a miracle of glory displayed forever.
The Miracles Recorded in the Gospels
- Turned water into wine at the wedding in Cana — John 2:1-11
- Healed the nobleman’s son who was near death in Capernaum — John 4:46-54
- Healed a demoniac at the synagogue in Capernaum — Mark 1:21-28, Luke 4:38-39
- Healed Peter’s mother-in-law who had a high fever — Matt 8:14-17, Mark 1:29-31, Luke 4:38-39
- Healed many and cast out demon at sunset — Mark 1:32-34, Luke 4:40-41
- Gave a miraculous catch of fish to disciples while He was in the boat with them — Luke 5:4-11
- Healed a leper — Matt 8:2-4, Mark 1:40-45, Luke 5:12-16
- Healed centurion’s paralyzed servant in Capernaum — Matt 8:5-13, Luke 7:1-10
- Healed a paralytic (let down through the roof) — Matt 9:2-8, Mark 2:1-12, Luke 5:17-26
- Healed a withered hand in the synagogue on the Sabbath — Matt 12:9-14, Mark 3:7-12, Luke 6:17-19
- Raised widow’s son at Nain — Luke 7:11-17
- Calmed a storm — Matt 8:22-23, Mark 4:36-41, Luke 8:23-25
- Cast out a legion of demons — Matt 8:28-34, Mark 5:1-20, Luke 8:26-39
- Healed a woman with an issue of blood — Matt 9:20-22, Mark 5:24-34, Luke 8:42-48
- Raised Jairus’s daughter — Matt 9:23-26, Mark 5:35-43, Luke 8:49-56
- Healed two blind men — Matt 9:27-31
- Healed a mute demoniac — Matt 9:32-34
- Healed a crippled man at the Pool of Bethesda — John 5:2-15
- Healed many, fed five thousand men (plus women and children) — Matt 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-14
- Walked on water & calmed a storm — Matt 14:22-33, Mark 6:45-52, John 6:16-21
- Healed many who were sick in Gennesaret (they touched His garment) — Matt 14:34-36, Mark 6:35-56
- Healed a woman of Canaan’s demon-possessed daughter — Matt 15:21-28, Mark 7:24-30
- Healed a deaf and mute man — Mark 7:31-37
- Healed many & fed four thousand men (plus women and children) — Matt 15:29-39, Mark 8:1-10
- Healed blind man of Bethsaida — Mark 8:22-26
- Healed a man who was born blind (put clay on his eyes )– John 9:1-7
- Healed demoniac boy — Matt 17:14-19, Mark 9:14-29, Luke 9:37-43
- Gave a coin in the mouth of a fish to pay taxes — Matt 17:24-27
- Healed blind, mute, demon-possessed man Matt 12:22-23, Mark 3:20
- Healed a crippled woman on the Sabbath — Luke 13:10-13
- Healed a man with dropsy on the Sabbath — Luke 14:2-6
- Cleansed ten lepers on the way to Jerusalem — Luke 17:11-14
- Raised Lazarus from the grave in Bethany — Luke 14:2-6
- Healed two blind men (Bartimaeus and another) near Jericho — Matt 20:29-34, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43
- Withered the fig tree on the Road from Bethany — Matt 21:18-22, Mark 11:12-14
- Healed the severed ear of the High Priest (when He was arrested) — Luke 22:51
- Rose from the dead — Matt 28:1-20, Mark 16:1-19, Luke 24:1-53, John 20:1-31
- Gave a miraculous catch of fish to disciples while He stood on the shore — John 21:1-8
Additionally we are told Jesus healed a great multitude (Matt 12:15-21, Mark 3:7-12, Luke 6:17-19); and He healed the blind and the lame in the temple (Matt 21:14).
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