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Describe how Jesus was presented as a worker of miracles, giving examples from Lukes gospel

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A1) i) Explain the term 'miracle'. On dictionary.com the definition is: an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause. A Fundamentalist Christian would say that the miracles of the bible happened exactly as they were recorded. Conservative Christians believe that the miracles of the bible happened but the writer changed some points of the story in order to get the story across clearly. Liberal Christians, however would think that none of the miracles of Jesus happened but that the message they hold is very important. There are four types of miracles, and they are: when Jesus healed the sick, when Jesus raised people from the dead, when Jesus cast out demons (exorcism) and when Jesus showed his power over nature. Some people describe miracles as supernatural, unexplained events that go against known human or natural powers and are believed by Christians to have been the work of God. A1) ii) Describe how Jesus was presented as a worker of miracles, giving examples from Luke's gospel Jesus was presented in many ways as a worker of miracles in Luke's gospel. ...read more.

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In the Centurion's servant (Luke 7:1-10), Jesus healed the Centurions servant from a distance. This shows the power of God and can be important today to help Christians believe that miracles still do happen if you believe. The healing of the Centurion's servant shows people that Jesus is the Son of God because he has the power to heal the servant even though he was nearly dead. It also tells people that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah because in the Jewish Scriptures (Old Testament) it said that the Messiah would heal the sick. In the Centurion's servant miracle Jesus says "I tell you, I have not found faith like this, not even in Israel." it highlights Jesus' authority as the Son of God because his power is so great that he can heal from a distance. Also the fact that Jesus performed a miracle not just for a Gentile but also for a servant shows that Jesus came for all people - universalism. Also in this miracle it is not only the healing that is important it is also the Centurion's faith, for without it there would have not been a miracle. ...read more.

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Some examples of miracles where Jesus shows his power over nature are: Jesus calms the storm (Luke 8:22-25), Jesus feeds the 5,000 (Luke 9:12-17) and the marvellous catch of fish (Luke 5:1-11). The feeding of the 5,000 must be a very important miracle because it is the only one that is included in all four gospels of the bible. In this miracle Luke is showing Jesus as the Messiah because he is linking God feeding his people in the desert with Jesus feeding people in the 'lonely place'. This shows that Jesus is the Messiah because he is feeding his people physically (with bread and fish) and also he is also feeding his people spiritually (with his teachings). When Jesus showed his power over nature (e.g. when he calmed a storm with just a command), he showed God's power breaking into the world and also that God could do marvellous things for his people that were unexpected and seemed impossible like producing a catch of fish when previously there had been none and raising people from the dead. In summary, Luke gave many examples of Jesus performing miracles and he must think that they are important. He is shown as performing miracles not to make an impression but out of love for all mankind. ...read more.

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