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Describe how Jesus was presented as a worker of miracles.

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A) ii. Describe how Jesus was presented as a worker of miracles. "Suddenly, a strong wind blew down on the lake, and the boat began to fill with water, so they were all in great danger... "Master! Master! We are about to die!"...Jesus got up and gave an order ...they died down and there was a great calm... "Who is this man? He gives orders to the winds and waves, and they obey him!" (Luke 8: 23,24,25) This quotation from the Bible, comes as an example of how humans, since the beginning have been subjected to the wrath of nature. The first line of the quote (taken from Luke 8: 23) is a description of a vicious storm. The disciples on the boat are portrayed as being frightened and the use of exclamation marks exemplifies the state of panic that they were in. Jesus' response to the storm and the danger that it held contrasts against the response of the disciples. Jesus is described as to having just simply got up and given an order to the waters; the impression is given that there wasn't an emergency at all. Subsequently, having given the order, the waters, as told, obey him and "...they died down...". Having seen this miracle, the disciples are described as having been amazed and bewildered at Jesus' power over such rageful waters. ...read more.

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And so, in His casting out of demons, the effects of miracles were not only for the good of the people, but also as a sign to demons. In the case of the demon being casted out in the synagogue, the miracle is a sign to all demons. Its purpose was to announce to all demons working evil in the world at that time, that the Messiah had arrived and just like the demon casted from the synagogue, they were all afraid. In using just his voice to denounce demons, the spoken of voice of God is shown with power and authority over all that is bad (for example, demons) as well as good (for example, the ways of nature). Again, this says to the disciples that Jesus was merely no ordinary man. Jesus was letting them know, that He had come for the good of God's people and to bring salvation to them. The miracle here, was most significant for the man who was possessed by the devil, as Jesus brought to him the promised salvation from God. The miracle was to remind him of God's compassion and he was being watched over. The power of Jesus, by no doubt came from God. But it could have come from Satan, as he also has supernatural power, although it is negative and doesn't match up to that of God's goodness. ...read more.

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A possible way of giving thanks is sharing your joy of miracles with other people, by helping them become possible for other people who want help. "A funeral procession was coming out. The dead man was the only son of a woman who was a widow. When the Lord saw her ... he said to her "Don't cry." Then he walked over and touched the coffin "Young man! Get up, I tell you!" ... the young man sat up and began to talk..." (Luke 7: 12,13,14, 15) In this miracle, Jesus is portrayed to be taking control of life after death and is bringing the Kingdom of God amongst the Jews. People were now recognising Jesus' heavenly power over death and an example of this results from Jesus' care for a widow. It can be recognised from this story, that the Kingdom of God was no longer only in reach after death, but in Jesus it was brought into people's hearts as they turned from sin and lived by God's standards. Jesus is telling people "The Kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17: 12) Through the study of these six miracles, much of them show signs for Jesus' compassion for mankind. And in his compassion, Jesus is calling for us to see that he is the Son of God and consequently should pay attention to his teachings and words. Jesus also sees it important that the Kingdom of God had come through Jesus down to people on Earth. ...read more.

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