We are all amazed at the miracles of Jesus. They are stunning. The scope of the power of God in Jesus is overwhelming.
One purpose of miracles is certainly to authenticate the message of the good news of Jesus. This was evident in Jesus’ ministry, as people like Nicodemus acknowledged:
We know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him
It also was evident as the good news was proclaimed by those who heard Jesus, for as they preached,
God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will
Whether this purpose was valid only when the good news was first preached (before the New Testament was written) or it holds good throughout the church age depends on what we think the miracles are confirming.
Are they confirming only the absolute truthfulness of the words of Scripture (as the very words of God), or are miracles given to confirm the truthfulness of the good news generally, whenever it is preached? In other words, do miracles confirm Scripture or the good news? Miracles were not limited to those who wrote Scripture or spoke with absolute apostolic authority. This suggests that miracles given in confirmation of the gospel might be expected to continue throughout the church age.
- Matthew 15:31 (NASB) — 31 So the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.
- Matthew 9:8 — 8 But when the crowds saw this, they were awestruck, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
- Mark 5:42 — 42 Immediately the girl got up and began to walk, for she was twelve years old. And immediately they were completely astounded.
- Acts 3:10–11 — 10 and they were taking note of him as being the one who used to sit at the Beautiful Gate of the temple to beg alms, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. 11 While he was clinging to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them at the so-called portico of Solomon, full of amazement.