Jesus revealed himself as the promised Savior in many ways and through countless miracles. He began His ministry at the age of thirty after His Baptism.
His first miracle was at a wedding in Cana where He turned water into wine. He healed many from illness and infirmities. He healed a man who had been lame for thirty-eight years. He brought sight to a man who had been blind from birth. Many came to Jesus who were suffering from many diseases and Jesus healed them all.
A man full of leprosy fell on his face, saying, “Lord, if you will, You can make me clean”. Jesus reached out His hand and touched him, saying, “Be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him.
One woman, who for twelve years had a disease which doctors could not heal, reached out and touched Jesus’ robe. He turned, saying, “Daughter, be comforted. Your faith has made you well; go in peace”.
Jesus also raised people from the dead. A father came to Jesus and told Him that his daughter had just died. When Jesus arrived at the house and saw the girl, He said “she is not dead but asleep” and then He told the girl “Talitha koumi” meaning little girl rise, and she rose from the dead and everyone was amazed.
Another person that was raised from the dead was a man, the only son of his widowed mother, Jesus felt sympathy for her and raised her son and gave him back to her.
Finally, Jesus raised his friend Lazarus whom he loved. Lazarus was dead 4 days and when Lazarus’ sisters came to Jesus they told him that had he come earlier their brother would not have died, but Jesus said to them “this happened that the Son of God may be glorified.” Jesus told the people to remove the stone where Lazarus was buried and after Jesus gave thanks to the Father He cried with a loud voice and said “ Lazarus come forth” and he who was dead came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes.
Jesus also had power over nature. He once was very tired and got in a boat and went to sleep while his disciples sailed to the other side of the Galilee, as they were on the sea the wind was very strong and the sea became very turbulent. The disciples feared that they would capsize, they woke Jesus to help them. Jesus immediately rebuked the winds and the sea and it became calm again. They were all amazed saying to themselves “who is this man that even the wind and the sea obey His command”
Jesus was frequently teaching multitudes about how to live their lives in righteousness and truth. Once there was a gathering of 5000 men not including children and women all were listening to Jesus’ teaching, and as the people were getting hungry, Jesus told the disciples to feed the crowd. They told Jesus that they only had 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread they could not possibly have enough to feed everyone.
Jesus took the bread, gave thanks to The Father and broke it. Everyone ate and was full. They then collected 12 baskets full of leftovers. Jesus fed the multitude. Some wanted more proof, they told Jesus “our forefathers ate manna in the desert, it is written God gave them bread from heaven.” Jesus replied “I am the bread of Life, he who comes to Me shall never hunger but have everlasting life.”
Jesus was once speaking to a foreign woman at a well. He told her “Whoever drinks the water that I give shall never thirst; it shall be a well of water within him, springing up into everlasting life.”
Jesus performed many more miraculous acts throughout His ministry and expressed love to all who believed in him. His utmost desire was to bring His flock back to God and teach them God’s love. He said “I am the good shepherd, the good shepherd gives His life for His sheep.”
The religious leaders were very disturbed by the teachings of Jesus because in many occasions Jesus pointed out the wrong of their ways. They were strict to enforce the Laws of Moses to the people but they did not follow them themselves. On the outside they appeared to others as righteous, but they were wicked on the inside. Jesus told them “I desire mercy and not sacrifice”. Meaning that God wants us to be merciful to others and not make up laws and hold them against others.
The religious leaders feared Jesus and sought many ways to arrest and kill Him.