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Did Jesus Prove He was God?

Jesus claimed to be the Son of God and the only way to God. And he wasn’t being arrogant about it. But did he actually give proof that he was God? How did he back up his claim to deity?

Jesus’ disciples were having a little difficulty understanding just who their Master was and what he was really up to. So he made this statement: “Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of what you have seen me do” (  John 14:11). Here Jesus was appealing to both his authoritative teaching on the kingdom of God and his many miracles in order to substantiate and verify he was in fact God in human form. In regard to miracles, he was in effect saying, “You are finding it hard to believe that I am God in the flesh—well, look how I as creator of all things have complete command of the forces of the universe—the weather, the human body, gravity, life, and death.”

Listen to these words: “I have a greater witness than John,” Jesus said, “my teachings and my miracles. The Father gave me these works to accomplish, and they prove that he sent me” (  John 5:36). “The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me” (  John 10:25 niv). Jesus’ miracles became credible proof that he was who he claimed to be. So let’s look at a few miracles he performed.

But first, what actually is a miracle? It can be defined as a religiously significant intervention of God in the system of natural causes. Some people contend that miracles cannot occur because it is impossible to violate the laws of nature. But those who make this contention assume that nothing exists outside of nature. They believe we live in a closed system.

However, if God exists as the Creator of the universe, then he exists outside of the laws of nature he created. He can thus step into his creation and intervene as he wills. And he has. He entered the sphere of humanity by taking on human form in the person of Jesus. And to give us evidence he was God, Jesus performed miracles.

Here are examples of his miracle-working power from the New Testament, which documents that he was able to: 

  • calm a storm (see Matthew 8)
  • make a mute person speak (see Matthew 9)
  • feed 5000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fish (see Matthew 14)
  • cast out demons (see Mark 5)
  • walk on water (see Mark 6)
  • bring sight to the blind (see Mark 10)
  • make a fig tree wither up by cursing it (see Mark 11)
  • foretell the future (see Mark 14)
  • heal a paralyzed man (see Luke 5)
  • raise a boy from the dead (see Luke 7)
  • heal incurable hemorrhaging (see Luke 8)
  • cleanse lepers (see Luke 17)
  • turn water into wine (see John 2)
  • make the lame walk (see John 5)
  • forgive sin (see John 8)
  • raise a man from the dead (see John 11)

Jesus was not simply a great teacher. He was the Son of the Living God, and his miracles underscore that fact.

This chapter originally appeared in 77 FAQs About God and the Bible by Sean McDowell and Josh McDowell (2012). Used by permission from Harvest House Publishers.

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Sean McDowell is a teacher, author, speaker, husband and father. He is an avid fan of college basketball, ping-pong, and his favorite superhero is the Amazing Spiderman.