The day starts like any other as you slowly make your way to your usual spot for begging on the corner. With years of experience, you read the nearby crowd and petition the passersby for money. So far it has been a pretty slow morning, but this all changes when you hear a commotion in the distance. As a man hurries by, nearly tripping over his cloak, he excitedly tells you to come and see; it is the miracle worker, Jesus. You wonder if it could really be Him. Could he really heal me? Followed by His disciples, Christ rounds the corner, and you feel yourself crying out to Him in a daze. He walks over, asks if you believe you can be healed then simply and quickly removes the biggest burden of your life, your debilitating condition. From that point on, you are a transformed individual, and not only do you have a renewed body, but you have dedicated your life to the man who healed you.
Throughout the New Testament, Christ completely converts the lives of the disabled in an unforgiving era. He spends a large part of His mortal ministry healing what seems to be hundreds of people, and for Him to dedicate so much of His short mortal experience to it, it must have been critical to God’s work. Christ’s healing powers go hand in hand with His divine mission, saving God’s children. His miracles hold both literal and metaphorical value, showing us His power over the mortal condition and demonstrating His focus on individuals and converting their lives.
In the latter-days, we use Christ miracles as parables, direct examples of how He can heal us, and testaments of His divinity. They teach us about why He came and how we can better be like Him. But what did they mean to the people of the time?
To the Jews of Christ’s time, His miracles gathered attention and set Him apart from other philosophers or teachers of the time. He would draw large crowds, who expectantly brought Him their sick to be healed. According to Four Portraits, One Christ by Mark L. Strauss, even non-Christian literature of His time mentioned Him as a healer or miracle worker (p. 458). This attention set the stage for his ministry and the beginning of His church. It gathered people together, primed them to believe in His divinity, and manifest His role to them as their Savior.
Something can be learned from all of Christ’s miracles, but below are just a few particularly powerful examples of His healing power.