Bertrand L. Comparet
Almost 2,000 years ago, the best and kindest person who
ever walked this earth in human form, spent three years intensively doing only
good. On many occasions He displayed the power of Yahweh to work miracles. This
was in an age when superstition was strong, and most people expected a display
of miracles to convince them of great power. There would naturally be a great
temptation to impress the multitude by a show of supernatural power.
The Jews were constantly demanding that Yahshua should
work some miracles, as a sign that He was more than just a common man. All four
gospels record this, Matthew 12:38-40, Mark 8:11-12, Luke
11:16, 29-32 and John 6:30. Yahshua always refused to put on a show;
He had not come as a magician, to amuse people with a spectacular show. Just as
Yahshua refused to perform miracles for Satan, as is recorded in Matthew
chapter 4. He also refused to perform miracles at the demand of the Jews.
First of all, Yahshua only did those miracles, which the
prophets of the Old Testament had prophesied the Messiah would do, this was for
a definite purpose. Those who knew and believed the Old Testament, which was the
entire Bible that was in existence at that time, would by this recognize Him as
the Messiah. When John the Baptist sent some of his disciples to inquire if
Yahshua was the Christ, as we read in Luke 7:19-22, Yahshua reminded them
of the miracles He had performed, these being the very miracles which Isaiah had
prophesied, this would be proof enough for John. Those who could not or would
not see this, also could not understand His true character when He told them
that He was the Christ, as He told the Jews in John 10:24-25.
What was the nature of these miracles? They were all
connected with the great gospel He preached, that of the kingdom of Yahweh, to
be established on this earth. In this kingdom of Yahweh, the defects of the
present age will not exist. Yahshua had come to set men free from the crushing
burdens of this evil age.
The great majority of His miracles were the healing of
the sick, deformed, paralyzed and the blind. He also freed people from
possession by demons. The Jews knew very well that leprosy was incurable, as far
as all human skill of that day could do. Even so, on several occasions Yahshua
healed lepers with only a spoken word. These lepers were condemned to a living
death of a disease from which their flesh rotted away while they were still
alive. Because of this, they were outcasts from all human society. Yahshua
restored these lepers to full health and a useful, happy life.
Twice Yahshua restored strength and activity, to those
who had lain hopelessly paralyzed for years. One woman had been deformed as a
hunchback for 18 years; Yahshua restored her to a perfect form with only a touch
of His hand. Many who lived in the hopeless despair of blindness, Yahshua
blessed with renewed vision. He gave them not only the beauty of the world
around them but also the usefulness which enabled them to earn their living,
instead of being dependent upon charity. Those who lay in pain and weakness upon
their beds too sick to rise, Yahshua healed more of these than could be counted.
He healed these poor and sick people with only a spoken word. Many who were dumb
came to Him for help, and to them He gave the power to speak.
Yahweh did not intend that we should be tormented by
sickness, which also shortens our lives. Yahweh meant for us to live under the
glorious conditions of His kingdom, free from crime and sin, sickness and death.
Instead of this, men choose to live under the rule of Satan, despite the
terrible price we have paid for this during all the course of history.
It was to set us free from this that Yahshua came. As
Yahshua said as recorded in John 10:10, "I am come that they might
have life, and that they might have it more abundantly". Therefore, these
miracles of healing were a demonstration to us of the perfection of His kingdom,
as well as the proof of His identity.
Yahshua fed multitudes, 4,000 on one occasion and 4,000
on another occasion. This was out in the desert where no food was to be found.
For these occasions, Yahshua made a few fish and loaves of bread sufficient to
feed thousands. Even the food they had left over was more than the food they had
at the beginning. Note that He did this not just for the benefit of the lazy,
Yahshua did this for those who had followed Him to listen to His teachings.
These people had not prepared any food, expecting not to be there long enough to
need to eat. These people would not leave Him, even to go back to the towns
where they could eat. Only when there was a hunger for His truth, did He also
feed their bodies.
Yahshua calmed the storm at sea, to save the lives of His
disciples who were threatened by it. He cast out devils from those whose lives
had been ruined by them. Here was the power of Yahweh plainly displayed. Still,
the unbelieving Jews only scoffed, and said that He could only cast out devils
by the help of Beelzebub, the prince of devils.
The Jews well knew that, by the laws of Yahweh in the Old
Testament to which they gave insincere lip service, their high priests should
have been able to cast out devils, yet they couldn't. In Matthew 12:22-29
it is recorded that Yahshua reminded these Jews, "If I by Beelzebub I cast
out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore,
they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of Yahweh,
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Finally, as the greatest miracle of all, Yahshua several
times restored the dead to life. Surely, here was the power of Yahweh
beyond any possibility of doubt. Also, here was the demonstration of the
goodness of Yahweh, who does not want us to suffer death and has set us free
from death through Yahshua. In the kingdom of Yahweh, the reign of death is
In all of this, we see Yahweh's consistent policy and
plan. When Satan asked Him to turn stones into bread, and to show He could
safely jump from the topmost pinnacle of the temple, as demonstrations of His
supreme power over nature, Yahshua refused. Yet, He produced food in plenty to
feed those who believed in Him. He calmed the storm to save the lives of His
disciples. In a world where Yahweh's economic laws were mocked, at the cost of
ever widening poverty among the people. The moral laws of Yahweh were mocked, at
the cost of general depravity.
The sick became more numerous with each generation and
they had lost the power to restore to sanity the wretched ones who raved and
fought. In this world, with only a word or the gentlest touch of His hand, He
stopped pain and sorrow, restored the sick to strength and usefulness. Yahshua
reminded them that only Yahweh is the source of all-good. As Yahshua said in John
5:19, "Verily, verily I say unto you, the Son can do nothing of
Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these
also doeth the Son likewise". These miracles were not to display His power
for the admiration of the fickle mob. They were to show the power of Yahweh, and
what it would be like in the kingdom of Yahweh, for which the faithful few
How glaring was the contrast between the world as Yahshua
found it and the kingdom of Yahweh, which He taught them! Let's remember that
our world of today is little better than that which rejected Him almost twenty
centuries ago. We also have our sick, crippled, and paralyzed, many of whom we
don't know how to heal. We also have our poor, but we have not learned how to
feed them except at the cost of excessive taxes, which again create the very
evil they were supposed to remedy. There are also storms and natural calamities
that bring death and destruction, but we are powerless before them. We also face
the bitter sorrow of families separated by death.
All our vaunted civilization, education, and science has
not relieved us of these evils. How long will it take us to see that man's
materialism, however good his intentions, can never furnish the answer to our
needs? It is just as true today as it was then Yahshua is the answer. Yahshua's
power, mercy, goodness and generosity afford the only possible way for us to
secure the good things, which can come only in the kingdom of Yahweh.