“This Is He of Whom It Is Written”

The Life and Teachings of Jesus and his Apostles, Instructor’s Guide (Rel 211–12), (2000), 19–20


Theme

Jesus Christ has the power to heal not only the physical body but, more importantly, the spirit.

Theme Analysis

  • A.

    Miracles are an evidence of the compassion and divinity of Jesus Christ.

  • B.

    Christ’s greatest miracle is the healing of human souls through the redemptive power of the gospel.

  • C.

    Miracles will always be present in the Church among those who have faith.

Study Sources

New Testament Reading Assignment

Matthew 4:13-25; 8:1-4, 14-17; 9:2-17; Mark 1:14-45; 2:1-22; Luke 4:14-44; 5:1-39

Course Manual

Chapter 6, “This Is He of Whom It Is Written”

Standard Works

Matthew 11:2-6; Luke 5:18-21; John 2:1-11; 14:10, 11. Why was it necessary that Jesus perform miracles?

Luke 7:11-35; 3 Nephi 17:6, 7. In what way are miracles an evidence of the Savior’s compassion?

Mormon 9:18-21. Following the deaths of Jesus and the early apostles, why did miracles cease to be found in the church?

Acts 9:1-18. In the case of Paul’s restoration from physical and spiritual blindness, which was the greater miracle?

Alma 15:3-12. How was it possible that wicked Zeezrom be healed of his affliction?

Basic Library

A of F, pp. 220-22. Miracles are in harmony with the laws of nature.

A of F, pp. 230-32. Miracles are not infallible proof of godly power.

M of F, p. 362. The healing of both body and spirit are two great miracles.

M of F, p. 368. The greatest miracle of all is the miracle of forgiveness.

Discourses, pp. 40-41. Do miracles really happen? If so, under what conditions?

Additional Sources

Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, pp. 506-7. Miracles are manifestations of the divinity of the Lord’s work.

N. B. Lundwall, comp., Masterful Discourses and Writings of Orson Pratt, pp. 565-91.

Media Suggestions

Cassette tape (Elder Matthew Cowley), Miracles (5:35)

Some Suggestions for Presentation

(Ideas Other Teachers Have Used)

Discussion

  1. 1.

    The teacher may wish to have the class define the meaning of the word miracle. He could then point out that God, working in harmony with the eternal laws of nature, produces miracles among men.

  2. 2.

    Jesus performed many miracles among the Jews during his Galilean ministry.

    1. a.

      More miracles were performed in the city of Capernaum than in any other city, yet the people would not repent. Of Capernaum’s future, Jesus was to prophesy. (See Matthew 11:23, 24.)

    2. b.

      On the Sea of Tiberius (Galilee) Jesus miraculously stilled a storm; and on another occasion he walked on stormy waters.

  3. 3.

    Miracles are evidences of Christ’s power.

  4. 4.

    The kinds of miracles Jesus performed are impressive evidences of his compassion for men and of power over the elements. A chart, based on Appendix B in the course manual and supplemented with scriptures where appropriate, could be prepared on the chalkboard. The miracles might be categorized as physical healings, miracles of nature, the dead raised, and unclassified. Teachers should note that these categories are not necessarily parallel or mutually exclusive.

  5. 5.

    True miracles are always a part of the true church. These miracles are signs which always follow true believers (Mark 16: 14-20; Mormon 9: 20-25). However, they may not stand alone as evidence of the true church, for many false miracles occur which tend to lead men astray (Revelation 13:14; 16:14; 19:20).

  6. 6.

    Miracles were to continue within the church following the earthly ministry of Christ.

    1. a.

      Read with the students Mark 16:15-20 for the promise of Jesus to his disciples.

    2. b.

      Ask your students to list with you, on the chalkboard, the specific evidences that signs and miracles did continue with the apostles.

    3. c.

      Miracles will always be present with those who have faith in Jesus Christ, and will cease only where faith is no longer present.

  7. 7.

    Is the gift of miracles found within the Church today? The tape recordings Boy in County Hospital Healed and Dead Man Raised to Life, by Elder Matthew Cowley, may be played. The instructor may wish to bear witness to any present evidences of miracles in the Church today, as appropriate

  8. 8.

    What did Jesus mean when he said, “I will heal you”? (3 Nephi 18:32; D&C 112:13.)

    1. a.

      The restoration of the church was a miracle to help bring souls to the “healing waters” of the gospel.

    2. b.

      Through the miracle of repentance and forgiveness, we can be spiritually healed, and our spiritual heritage as sons and daughters of God may be seen in our countenances and lives.

    3. c.

      The instructor could bear witness to the miracle of the healing of men’s souls.