At a wedding feast in Cana of Galilee, Jesus turned water into wine, an act that was the "beginning of miracles" during His ministry. (See John 2:1-10.)
Frequently, miracles are called such things as signs, wonders, powers, wonderful works or mighty works. No record exists documenting by number or sequence the miracles Jesus performed. The significance of His miracles lies not in how many miracles were wrought, when or where they were performed, but in the fact He healed the sick, restored sight to the blind and speech to the mute, caused the lame to walk, and calmed angry seas, among other marvelous events.In Jesus the Christ, Elder James E. Talmage noted:
"In the contemplation of the miracles wrought by Christ, we must of necessity recognize the operation of a power transcending our present human understanding. In this field, science has not yet advanced far enough to analyze and explain.
"To deny the actuality of miracles on the ground that, because we cannot comprehend the means, the reported results are fictitious is to arrogate to the human mind the attribute of omniscience, by implying that what man cannot comprehend cannot be, and that therefore he is able to comprehend all that is. The miracles of record in the Gospels are as fully supported by evidence as are many of the historical events which call forth neither protest nor demand for further proof. To the believer in the divinity of Christ, the miracles are sufficiently attested; to the unbeliever they appear as myths and fables.
"To comprehend the works of Christ, one must know Him as the Son of God; to the man who has not yet learned to know, to the honest soul who would inquire after the Lord, the invitation is ready: let him `Come and see.' "
President Ezra Taft Benson wrote: "Today some unbelievers among us spread seeds of heresy, claiming that Jesus could not cast out evils spirits and did not walk on water nor heal the sick nor miraculously feed five thousand nor calm storms nor raise the dead. These would have us believe that such claims are fantastic and that there is a natural explanation for each alleged miracle.
"Some have gone so far as to publish psychological explanations for His reported miracles. But Jesus' entire ministry was a mark of His divinity. He spoke as God, He acted as God, and He performed works that only God Himself can do. His works bear testimony of His divinity." (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, pp. 8-9.)
President Spencer W. Kimball said: "The Lord made it clear that faith was not developed by miracles. John said: `But though he [JesusT had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him.' (John 12:37.)
"In our own modern times we have eloquent evidence of this. Sidney Rigdon did not retain his membership in the kingdom even though he had, with Joseph Smith, witnessed marvelous signs." (Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p. 58.)
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Information compiled by Gerry Avant
Sources: Jesus the Christ by Elder James E. Talmage, Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, and April 1977 and April 1989 general conference reports.