Miracles are very often thought of, ... as events...that contract the laws of nature and that therefore cannot be explained by science or reason. But this is not at all what the Bible means by a miracle... 'The laws of nature' is a modern scientific concept. The Bible knows nothing about nature, let alone the laws of nature. The world is God's creation and whatever happens in the world, ordinary of extraordinary, is part of God's providence. The Bible does not divide events into natural and supernatural. God is in one way or another behind all events.
A miracle in the Bible is an unusual event which has been understood as an unusual act of God, a mighty work. Certain acts of God are called miracles or wonders because of their ability to astonish and surprise us, their ability to make us marvel and wonder. Thus creation is a miracle, grace is a miracle, the growth of an enormous mustard tree from a tiny seed is a miracle... The world is full of miracles for those who have eyes to see them. If we are no longer able to wonder and marvel except when the so-called laws of nature are broken, then we must be in a sorry state. (pg. 40,41)
How do you think of miracles? Do you believe they happen?
Why do you think Jesus did miracles? What was his motive? We he reluctant or quick to prove himself by doing signs and wonders?
Or if you don't believe in miracles such as are reported in the Bible, why do you think Jesus' followers would say he did miracles? What was their motive?
I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of this!
Quote from Jesus Before Christianity by Albert Nolan