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The Word became human and lived among us...The Word was in the world and the world was made by Him, but the world did not know Him...But to all who did accept Him and believe in Him He gave the right to become children of God...Because He was full of grace and truth, from Him we all received one gift after another. John 1:10,12,14,16

        

John and the other Gospel writers were able to record only a fraction of the people who were touched and healed by Jesus. But enough of Jesus' words and works have been saved so that we also might be able to know him and be his disciples in this day. There follows a listing of the miracles that are included in the Gospels. They were supernatural events that pointed people to God, and they were acts of love by one who is love.

 

                       Just a few of the Miracles of Jesus

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Five thousand people are fed                            Matthew 14:15-21

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Calming the storm                                            Mark 4:35-41

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Demons sent into the pigs                                 Mark 5:1-20

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Jairus's daughter raised                                    Matthew 9:18-26

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Sick woman is healed                                        Luke 8:43-48

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Heals a paralytic                                               Mark 2:1-12

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Leper healed at Gennesaret                               Matthew 8:1-4

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Peter's mother-in-law healed                             Matthew  8:P14-17

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Shriveled hand is restored                                  Luke 6:6-11

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Boy with evil spirit is healed                              Mark 9:14-29

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Jesus walks on the water                                  John 6:17-21

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Bartimaeus receives sight                                  Mark 10:46-52

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Girl freed from demon                                       Mark 7:24-30

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Four thousand are fed                                        Mark 8:1-9

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Cursing of the fig tree                                        Matthew 21:18-22

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Centurion's servant healed                                  Luke 7:1-10

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Evil spirit sent out of a man                                Mark 1:23-27

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Mute demoniac is healed                                    Matthew 12:22

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Two blind men get sight                                     Matthew 9:27-31

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Jesus heals mute man                                         Matthew 9:32,33

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Coin in a fish's mouth                                         Matthew 17:24-27

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Deaf and mute man is healed                              Mark 7:31-37

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Blind man sees at Bethsaida                                Mark 8:22-26

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Miraculous catch of fish                                      Luke 5:1-11

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Widow's son is raised                                          Luke 7:11-16

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Crippled woman is healed                                   Luke 13:10-17

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Jesus heals a sick man                                        Luke 14:1-6

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Ten lepers are healed                                          Luke 17:11-19

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Jesus restores man's ear                                     Luke 22:49-51

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Jesus turns water into wine                                John 2:1-11

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Official's son healed at Cana                                John 4:46-54

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Lame man is healed                                             John 5:1-16

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Jesus heals a man born blind                                John 9:1-7

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Lazarus is raised from dead                                 John 11:1-45

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Second miraculous fish catch                               John 21:1-14

 

 

                                   Jesus Proclaims:  I AM!

       There are seven (7) pronouncements in the Gospel of John which are rendered the I AM Sayings of Jesus. These are unique to the Gospel of John. There is an unmistakable parallel to God's covenant name (YAHWEH) by which He revealed Himself to Moses in Exodus 3:14: I AM WHO I AM . Jesus makes the pronouncement: I am the bread of life three times. He is the real heavenly bread, the true life-sustaining power; anything else, regardless, of its religious significance in past or present, is an inadequate substitute.

 

                              The Seven I AM Sayings of Jesus

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John 6:48~I am the bread of life

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John 8:12~...I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.

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John 10:7~...Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.

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John 10:11~I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

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John 11:25~...I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

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John 14:6~...I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

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John 15:1~I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

              

                                 The Twelve Disciples of Jesus

       Jesus' faithful disciples were ordinary men who became extraordinary because of Jesus Christ. Despite their confusion and lack of understanding during his lifetime, they became powerful witnesses to His resurrection. Their lives were transformed by God's power. The story of Jesus' disciples does not end with the Gospels. It continues in the book of Acts and many of the letters of the New Testament.

 

[Click on a Disciple to learn more]

bullet Simon Peter
bullet James (son of Zebedee, John's brother)
bullet John (son of Zebedee)
bullet Andrew (Peter's brother)
bullet Philip
bullet Bartholomew (Nathanael)                  
bullet Matthew (Levi)                               
bullet Thomas (the Twin)
bullet James (son of Alphaeus)
bullet Thaddaeus (Judas son of James)
bullet Simon the Zealot
bullet Judas Iscariot

 

 

 

 

Simon Peter

Name: Simon Peter, also well-known as Peter, was the son of John. Occupation: Peter was a fisherman by trade. Outstanding characteristics:  his impulsiveness; later, he became very bold indeed in preaching about Jesus. Major Events in his life: One of the Three Disciples in a core group special to Jesus; recognized Jesus as the Messiah; disowned Christ and repented; preached Pentecost sermon; a leader of the Jerusalem church; baptized Gentiles; wrote 1 Peter and 2 Peter, books in the New Testament. What Jesus Said about him: Named him 'Peter', means 'rock'; called him 'Satan' when he urged Jesus to reject the cross; said he would become a fisher of men; he received revelation from God; he would disown Jesus three times; he would later be crucified for his faith. Key Lesson from his life: Christians falter at times, but when they return to Jesus, He forgives them and strengthens their faith. Selected Scripture: Matthew 4:18-20, Mark 8:29-33, Luke 22:31-34, Acts 10:1-11:18

 

James

Name: James, son of Zebedee, he and his brother, John, were called the 'Sons of Thunder'; Occupation: Fisherman. Outstanding Characteristics: Ambitious, short-tempered, judgmental, deeply committed to Jesus; Major Events in his life: James was also in the core group of three special Disciples; he and his brother, John, asked Jesus for places of honor in His kingdom; wanted to call fire down to destroy a Samaritan village; wrote the New Testament book of James; first disciple to be martyred; What Jesus Said about him: called James and John 'Sons of Thunder'; said James would be a fisher of men; that he would drink the cup Jesus drank; Key Lesson from his life: Christians must be willing to die for Jesus; Selected Scripture: Mark 3:17, Mark 10:35-40, Luke 9:52-56, Acts 12:1,2

 

John

Name: John, son of Zebedee, James' brother, and 'the disciple whom Jesus loved'. Occupation: Fisherman. Outstanding Characteristics: ambitious, very judgmental, but later on very loving and humble. Major Events in his life: Third disciple in the core group that was special to Jesus and asked by Jesus to go up the mountain; asked Jesus for a special place of honor in His kingdom; a leader in the church in Jerusalem; wrote the Gospel of John, 1,2,3 John, and Book of Revelation. What Jesus Said about him: Called him on of the 'Sons of Thunder'; said he would be a great fisher of men; that he too would drink the cup Jesus drank; and he would take care of Jesus' mother after His death. Key Lesson from his life: The transforming power of the love of Christ is available to all. Selected Scripture: Mark 1:19, Mark 10:35-40, John 19:26,27, John 21:20-24

 

Andrew

Name: Andrew, Peter's brother. Occupation: Fisherman. Outstanding Characteristics: Eager to bring others to Jesus Christ. Major Events in his life: Accepted John the Baptist's testimony about Jesus; told Peter about Jesus; he and Philip told Jesus that Greeks wanted to see him. What Jesus Said about him: Andrew would become a fisher of men. Key Lesson from his life: Christians are to tell other people about Jesus. Selected Scripture: Matthew 4:18-20, John 1:35-42 & 6:8,9, John 12:20-22

 

Philip

Name: Philip Occupation: Fisherman. Outstanding Characteristics: Questioning attitude. Major Events in his life: Told Bartholomew about Jesus; wondered how Jesus could feed the 5000; asked Jesus to show his followers God the Father; he and Andrew told Jesus that Greeks wanted to see Him. What Jesus Said about him: Asked if Philip realized that to know and see Him was to know and see the Father. Key Lesson from his life: God uses our questions to teach us about Himself. Selected Scripture: Matthew 10:3, John 1:43-46 & 6:2-7, John 12:20-22, John 14:8-11

 

Bartholomew

Name: Bartholomew, also known as Nathanael. Occupation: unknown. Outstanding Characteristics: Honesty and straightforwardness. Major Events in his life: Initially rejected Jesus because Jesus was from Nazareth but did acknowledge Him as the 'Son of God' and 'King of Israel' when they met. What Jesus Said about him: Called him a 'true Israelite' and a man 'in whom there is nothing false'. Key Lesson from his life: Jesus respects honesty in people even if they challenge Him because of it. Selected Scripture: Mark 3:18, John 1:45-51, John 21:1-13

 

Matthew

Name: Matthew, also known occasionally as Levi. Occupation: Tax collector. Outstanding Characteristics: Despised outcast because of his dishonest career. Major Events in his life: Abandoned his corrupt and financially profitable way of life to follow Jesus; invited Jesus to a party with his notorious friends; wrote the Gospel of Matthew. What Jesus Said about him: Called him to be a disciple. Key Lesson from his life: Christianity is not for people who think they're already good; it is for people who know they've failed and want help. Selected Scripture: Matthew 9:9-13, Mark 2:15-17, Luke 5:27-32

 

Thomas

Name: Thomas, alias 'The Twin'. Occupation: unknown. Outstanding Characteristics: Courage and doubt. Major Events in his life: Suggested the disciples go with Jesus to Bethany--even if it meant death; asked Jesus about where he was going; refused to believe Jesus was risen until he could see Jesus alive and touch His wounds. What Jesus Said about him: Said Thomas believed because he actually saw and touched Jesus after the resurrection. Key Lesson from his life: Even when Christians experience serious doubts, Jesus reaches out to them to restore their faith. Selected Scripture: Matthew 10:3, John 14:5 & 20:24-29, John 21:1-13

 

James

Name: James, the son of Alphaeus. Occupation: unknown. Outstanding Characteristics: Unknown. Major Events in his life: Became one of Jesus' Disciples. What Jesus Said about him: Unknown. Key Lesson from his life: Unknown. Selected Scripture: Matthew 10:3, Mark 3:18, Luke 6:15

 

Thaddaeus

Name: Thaddaeus, also Judas son of James. Occupation: Unknown. Outstanding Characteristics: Unknown. Major Events in his life: Asked Jesus why he would reveal Himself to His followers and not to the world. What Jesus Said about him: Unknown. Key Lesson from his life: Christians follow Jesus because they believe in Him; they do not always understand the details of God's plan, but they follow and they believe in faith. Selected Scripture: Matthew 10:3, Mark 3:18, John 14:22

 

Simon

Name: Simon, also known as Simon The Zealot. Occupation: Unknown. Outstanding Characteristics: Fierce patriotism. Major Events in his life: Became a disciple of Jesus. What Jesus Said about him: Unknown. Key Lesson from his life: If we are willing to give up our plans for the future, we can participate in Jesus' plans. Selected Scripture: Matthew 10:4, Mark 3:18, Luke 6:15

 

Judas

Name: Judas, also Judas Iscariot. Occupation: Unknown. Outstanding Characteristics: Treacherous and greedy. Major Events in his life: Became on of Jesus' Disciples; betrayed Jesus; killed himself. What Jesus Said about him: Called him a 'devil'; said Judas would betray Him. Key Lesson from his life: It is not enough to be familiar with Jesus' teachings. Jesus' true followers love and obey Him. Selected Scripture: Matthew 26:20-25, Luke 22:47,48, John 12:4-8

 

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