“How important were the miracles in the book’s account of Jesus’ early ministry?”
In the New Testament, the book of Mark is one of the four gospels in the bible. The gospel of Mark, is the earliest, and shortest of the four gospels, it provides account of Christ’s early ministry. The word “gospel” actually means “good news” in the Greek language. This was an account of the fulfillment Christ brought to the people in his early ministry; good news.
Miracles were very important in Christ’s ministry. We see in the accounts of Mark, that Christ used miracles to communicate certain ideas. The miracles performed, not only impacted the people of that era, but also the people who have read and studied the gospel ever since, and all the people who will read them in the future. These miracles are eternal.
Christ performed these miracles through the power of God, he was not a wizard, but the son of God. Christ mainly performed miracles of healing (physically and spiritually), this symbolizes not only the power of God, but also the mercy of God, and his will to heal. Miracles were a reinforcement of the teachings of Christ.
He did not simply perform one solitary miracle. Christ performed many miracles, and immediately developed a crowd of followers, he performed miracle after miracle and amazed his many followers. Later on, he ordains 12 disciples, known today as the 12 apostles, who preach the teachings of Christ and perform miracles by healing the sick and exorcising demons from troubled individuals. Miracles were a central aspect of Christ’s early ministry, they are the basis on which he built his followers. Christ freed men who were possessed by demons, as well as relieving them of physical injury, but most importantly he performed the miracle of forgiving man’s sins.
The Pharisees, were very skeptical of this behavior, Christ knew this, and he provided logic that answered their questions. On one occasion, Christ healed a man with an injured hand, on the Sabbath, which was perceived by the officials of the synagogue as work. The Pharisees accused Christ of breaking the law that commands rest on the Sabbath. He explained to them that healing a man was more important than the law of resting on the Sabbath day. Christ looked at the issue from a more realistic standpoint; the man was suffering, and he needed that hand to work the other six days of the week. Unlike the Pharisees, Christ emphasized the importance of healing the man as a higher priority than keeping the law to rest on the Sabbath. The law was still important, but under the circumstances, healing was necessary.
Jesus did not perform these miracles in private, rather, he performed them in front of vast crowds of people. There were many people who witnessed the power he exercised in performing these miracles. This was emphasized, which persuades the reader that these events actually took place; they were not fantasies. Miracles were a crucial aspect that reinforce the message of God by demonstrating the power of God.
He explained to them that healing a man was more important than the law of resting on the Sabbath day