Have you ever wondered why Jesus performed signs and wonders as a part of his ministry here on earth? The way I usually thought about it was that he was proving that he was no ordinary man, and had the capabilities of God to perform miracles. In the same way that I can prove that I know how to play the guitar by actually playing it, Jesus actually performed works only God could do to prove he was the Son of God.
I think the above idea is correct. But I wanted to include another potential way of thinking about it. I haven’t yet done any reading or research on this, so I could be wrong, but it is an interesting thought nonetheless. Throughout the Old Testament, God continues to reveal more about his purposes for mankind in his promise to provide the Promised Land for the Israelites. God interacts in unexpected ways as he has his people move between being in the land, and being in exile. Clearly, the promise is never fully fulfilled, as while they are at times in the promised land, the stay is trying and temporary.
As we now see with the coming of Jesus, the Promised land was never intended to simply be a specific area of land in the current state of the Earth. The ultimate Promised Land is an earth where everything has been made new and perfect. The miracles of Jesus include curing the lame and sick, casting out demons, raising the dead, all things that are not the intended end of mankind. Jesus, in his miracles, gives a taste of what is to come, proving not only that he is indeed God, but also proving that he will perfect all things and make all things new!
I found this to be a very helpful and encouraging perspective. What do you think about this? Is this a valid perspective?