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Explain the term 'miracle' - Describe how Jesus was presented as a worker of miracles giving examples from Luke's gospel.

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PAPER 1 - CHRISTIANITY THROUGH A STUDY OF LUKE AND ACTS Section A (I) Explain the term 'miracle' (II) Describe how Jesus was presented as a worker of miracles giving examples from Luke's gospel. People use the word miracle in many different ways. Would cloning a person be a miracle, is the birth of a baby a miracle, was the mission to moon a miracle? The Oxford School Dictionary defines the word miracle as being 'something wonderful and good that happens, especially something believed to have a supernatural or divine cause.' In the synoptic gospels, the Greek word used for miracles is dunameis - a word meaning 'acts of power'. However there are many things we can explain today (space flight, television, movement of planets etc...) that we could not explain 50, 100 or 200 years ago and there may be things today which we can't explain, but which will be explained in 50, 100 or 200 years time. Therefore, we can't call these things as miracles. ...read more.

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'The Draught of Fish (Luke 5:1-10)' tells us that Jesus can easily obtain for us the things that we may never obtain by our hard work, and 'Stilling the Storm (Luke 8:22-25)' shows us He is Lord over nature, commanding the wind and sea. These two miracles are both nature miracles, which are in Luke's Gospel. When Jesus showed his power over nature, he showed God's power breaking into the world. God could do marvellous things for his people that seemed impossible and were unexpected. 'The Woman with a haemorrhage (Luke 8:43-48)' is an example of a general healing miracle. This miracle reveals that by contacting Jesus by faith, it can bring healing. This woman must have been treated like a leper as she had been in a continuous unclean state (because she had a flow of blood for twelve years). According to Leviticus 15:25-27, 'whoever touches them will be unclean; he must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean till evening.' ...read more.

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which shows Jesus is Lord over demons, are two other examples of this type of miracle in Luke. When Jesus cast out demons, He showed that Satan was being defeated because the Kingdom of God was stronger than the Kingdom of Satan. The last form of miracles, are the resurrection miracles. 'Jesus raises a Widow's Son (Luke 7:11-15) and 'Jairus' Daughter (Luke 8:41-42, 49-56)' are two examples of this type of miracle. In these miracles it shows Jesus is able to raise the dead to life. When Jesus raised people from the dead, He showed that nothing could stand in God's way - the power of God was stronger than death. Jairus' daughter (Luke 8:41-42, 49-56) By looking at the amount of miracles Luke writes about, and the different types of miracles there are (Healing, nature, driving out the devil and resurrection) shows us how important they were to him. Each of these miracles show Jesus as a miracle worker in one way or another, and they all teach us something which we can put into practice. Melanie Underwood Luke RS Coursework 2003 ...read more.

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