Why did Jesus perform miracles? A number of reasons may be suggested:-
- To authenticate the message of the gospel. This was acknowledged by Nicodemus (Jn 3:2) and affirmed in Heb 2:4. Miracles ‘give evidence that God is truly at work and so serve to advance the gospel’. This was true not only in Jesus’ ministry, but also applied in the early church (Acts 8:6–8; 9:35, 42).
- To bear witness to the fact that God’s kingdom has come (Mt 10:7f; 12:28; Lk 4:18; 9:1f).