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Describe One Miracle Particular to Luke, and another of a different type.

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Describe One Miracle Particular to Luke, and Another Miracle of a different Type. The word miracle which derives from the Latin 'miraculum' meaning amazement or wonder may also be defined as an extraordinary event, considered to have a supernatural cause. In common with the other New Testament Gospels, Luke presents Jesus as a worker of miracles and indeed as the object of miraculous activity. Miracles, especially healing miracles, play an important part in all of the synoptic Gospels. However, through further research and study it is quickly made apparent that Luke includes more miracle stories in his Gospel than either of the other synoptic Gospel writers. Luke includes no less that 19 miracles in his Gospel, which include healing miracles, exorcisms, resurrections and nature miracles. Luke used these miracles to show the power and authority of Jesus, but also to give the proof that he was truly the Son of God to non-believers. According to Banks, "While there is no clear pre-Christian evidence that the Jews expected a miracle-working Messiah, it appears that some did regard Moses, the miracle-working deliverer of God's people, as a prototype of the Messiah." Most of the miracles stories tell us about Jesus healing, because of the faith shown by the person in need of a cure. ...read more.

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According to Barrell, "The law was humanitarian, but the Pharisees interpretation was not." Jesus shows his empathetic nature and shows compassion in His almighty power on behalf of the crippled woman and meeting her need. God's compassion is always available and is unwavering. Jesus laid His hands on her to heal and to show that women were not unclean, or impure, and to identify with her. Barrell writes that, "Jesus was calling them to keep God's law in its true interpretation." The fact that Jesus performed this miracle shows that the 'special time' had come and that the Jews were experiencing the 'Messianic Salvation' and joy at the coming of God's kingdom. It is an eschatological joy which comes with the Messianic Age. This miracle is proof of the Messianic times that were currently occurring, as Jesus allowed the lame to walk and the blind to see. Another popular type of miracle was that of a nature miracle. Through the use of these nature miracles, Jesus is shown to be "all-powerful" as he has the power to command nature. Many scholars of Luke's gospel feel that Luke used nature miracles so that his readers would recognise the power of God at work in Jesus. ...read more.

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"While Luke's miracle stories are clearly theological, they are also Christological, in that they also say something about Jesus himself," writes Banks. The sudden stopping of the wind shows the unique power and character of God and showed the disciples who Jesus really was. This miracle shows that even when Jesus is not consciously with them, He can still meet their need. At the end of this miracle, Luke leaves the query unanswered as to who Jesus is. He is at least a prophet but this miracle shows that he is so much more than that, He has the power to restore order and in Him there is a real hope for the future. Both these miracles can be seen as healing miracles, as through the calming of the storm, Jesus healed the disciples of their doubt, and He restored their faith in Him. These two miracles are also good teaching examples for Jesus as well as a chance for him to prove his power before the people and to help those in need. They form a lot for the basis of the Christian people's beliefs about Jesus and help to strengthen many people's faith in God. According to Banks, "Since God's kingdom would come fully and finally only in the future, the miracles of Jesus are anticipations of the world-wide renewal which the future kingdom would usher in. ...read more.

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