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Three Lesser-Known Miracles of Jesus

By Mormon.org
Christ with man at Pool of Bethesda

Miracles Large and Small

Christ’s birth, ministry, and death were miraculous. The lesser-known miracles of His life still promote faith and teach valuable lessons. Christ lived, suffered, and died in an effort to enlighten, lift, and heal those He came in contact with. The following three miracles are less celebrated than others, but like everything He did, they have significance and meaning. They highlight His divinity, His understanding, and His empathy for those in mortality.

The Man by the Pool

One day in Jerusalem near the sheep market, Christ noticed an older man sitting among many others at the pool of Bethesda. It was believed that the pool would heal the first person to step in its waters after it rippled. The man waited near the edge of the pool for healing, but when a ripple was noticed in the water, others were always first to enter.

Christ approached the man and asked him, “Wilt thou be made whole?” The man responded, “Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool.” Christ had compassion on the man, healed him, and said, “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk” (John 5:6–8).

The Loss and Restoration of an Ear

Just moments after Christ was betrayed by Judas, one of His disciples acted quickly to defend the Lord with a sword and cut off the ear of the servant of the high priest. 

Christ immediately spoke the following words to His disciples: “Suffer ye thus far” (Luke 22:51), which was a request for them not to retaliate further. He then reached out and touched the injured servant, healing his ear. Even in this distressing hour, Christ lived the principle He’d taught in the Sermon on the Mount to “love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44).

A Fish and a Coin

When in Capernaum, Jesus’s Apostle Peter was approached by individuals collecting tribute money. Speaking of Jesus they asked, “Doth not your master pay tribute?” Peter responded falsely in the affirmative. When Peter returned to the Savior, the Lord questioned him about the conversation he’d had with the collectors. He then admonished Peter to go fishing. He told him to open the mouth of the first fish he caught and that he would find money in its mouth. He told Peter to take the money and pay tribute for the both of them (see Matthew 17:24–27). 

The miracles of Jesus are inspiring and build faith in Him. If you’d like to learn more about the many miracles He performed during His mortal ministry, order a free copy of the Bible here.

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