If you had seen Jesus’ miracles, would you have thought: Who is this person? Could this be Elijah? Or John the Baptist? Or one of the prophets? (See Matthew 16:13-17.) Why might they have thought that? Maybe because some of Jesus’ miracles reminded them of miracles in their ancient history.


Miraculous resurrections:

Elijah never died. A chariot carried him to heaven as Elisha watched. (2 Kings 2:6-12)

Jesus died, was resurrected, and ascended to heaven as many watched. (Acts 1:9-11)

Elijah had raised a widow’s son from the dead.
(1 Kings 17:18-24)

Jesus raised a widow’s only son from his coffin. (Luke 7:11-17)


Jesus raised Lazarus from the tomb after he had been dead for four days. (John 11)


Miraculous healings:

When Naaman bathed in the Jordan as Elisha instructed, His leprosy was healed. (2 Kings 5:1-14)

Jesus healed many people of different kinds of ailments. More than once He cleansed lepers. (See Luke 5:12-16.) 

Miraculous provisions of food:

During a drought, Elijah told a Gentile widow that the Lord would provide enough flour and oil to feed her, her son, and Elijah until the God of Israel sent rain. (1 Kings 17:8-16)

When Moses obeyed God in the wilderness; the Israelites were fed for 40 years. (Exodus 16:31-36)

Jesus fed a hungry crowd of over 5000 with five loaves and two fishes. (Mark 6:30-44)

Miraculous control over nature:

When God parted the Red Sea, Moses led thousands of Israelites across dry land. (Exodus 14:21-22) 

Jesus calmed a violent storm (Mark 4:38-41); the frightened disciples said, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (See Psalm 107.)

When God parted the Jordan River, Joshua led the Israelites across dry ground. (Joshua 4:18)

Jesus (whose name is Latin for the Hebrew name Joshua) walked on the water! (Matthew 14:22-33)

When Elijah was taken to heaven, he and Elisha crossed the Jordan on dry ground. Elisha watched, and then returned on dry ground. (2 Kings 2:6-14)

When Jesus ascended to heaven, He was taken up as people watched. (Acts 1:9-11)

Who is Jesus?

At the transfiguration (Luke 9:28-36; Mark 8:27-30), Peter, James, and John saw Jesus with Moses and Elijah. “And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son: hear him.’” Who is He, then? The Son of God! The maker of miracles.