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Dear Mel

http:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracles_of_Jesus
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiWBMQAqfIY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNvKIO47_vw
http://christianity.about.com/od/biblefactsandlists/a/Miracles-Of-Jesus.htm

What could the reasons that we as common people cannot perform the miracles performed by Lord Jesus Christ ?

is it because of the following reasons ?

1. Lord Jesus Christ had Love, Compassion, Brotherhood, Charity, Peace, Showing Mercy, Kindness and so other noble qualities which we as common people do not possess.
2. Lord Jesus Christ didn't had any of this evil qualities viz
Greed, Lust, Jealousy, Anger, Hatred which lead to commit sins
in our life.
3. We as common people are born with worldly things viz money, material etc, Lord Jesus Christ was not bounded by those worldly things.

Can you please share your views on this ?

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

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Greetings Prashant,

You asked why we cannot perform the same miracles as Christ did.

Christ selected 12 disciples, one to go to each of the 12 tribes of Israel (Mat. 10:6).  Judas Iscariot allowed himself to be influenced by Satan and disqualified himself.  The remaining disciples later nominated two additional witnesses of Christ's resurrection and asked God to indicate which one would replace Judas.  Matthias was chosen (Acts 1:26).

When Christ first sent out the twelve, he instructed them to "preach the Kingdom of heaven, heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and to cast out demons" (Mat. 10:5-8).

Beyond this he also told them to not take money (gold, silver or brass coins), "scrip" (food), spare clothing, or "staves" (walking stick also used as defensive weapon).  To not take these things required that they rely on faith that all their needs would be provided and that they would be protected.  By telling them to not take these things, he was telling them to take Faith.

[Note: It appears that Christ sent the disciples out in pairs of two, each summer, while he went alone to teach, preach and to heal (Mat. 11:1).  In the fall they would rejoin him for additional training until the next summer.  When he left them the last time, it was again in the spring.]

In addition to the twelve, Christ chose and sent out another 70 disciples with the same instructions (Lk. 10). After rejoining him that first year, they expressed joy that "even the demons" were subject to them.
This shows that these miracles were not limited to "the twelve", but could be performed by anyone who is a disciple (literally, "student") of Christ (although there are other conditions that apply).  
Notice that these 70 had a wrong attitude in rejoicing in their power over the demons.  Christ gently rebuked them, telling them not to rejoice in that authority, but to rejoice that their names were "written in heaven" (that the Father knew them by name as opposed to the alternative, Mat. 7:23).

Later on, the parent, of a boy possessed with a demon, came to Christ asking for help and telling him that his disciples had failed to exorcise the demon (Mat. 17:14-21).  Christ vocally bemoaned the lack of faith in that generation and promptly cast out the demon.  

Then his disciples asked why they had failed.  He explained that if we have the tiniest amount of faith (the size of a mustard seed by example), that "nothing would be impossible" for us to do.  "However, this kind (of demon) goes not out except by prayer and fasting."  

Christ is shown to have prayed frequently and to have fasted.  Before he met with Satan, he fasted for 40 days and nights (Mat. 4:2), a miracle that a human cannot accomplish without being so close to God that one is physically sustained by his holy spirit.  Moses did it twice (Ex. 24:18, 34:28) and Elijah did it (1K. 19:8).

However the disciples did not fast while Christ was alive (except on the annual Day of Atonement) (Mat. 9:14-15).   One purpose of fasting is to draw closer to God.  One purpose of prayer is to develop and maintain a close relationship with God through active, daily communication.  The twelve were with Christ daily and could communicate with him anytime which would seem to make fasting and prayer redundant.

When he was not physically with them, they needed to pray and to fast, in order to have that close relationship which increases faith.

One thing to notice here is that even the chosen twelve had problems performing miracles when they lacked faith.

Faith in God and Christ, that can work miracles, is not limited to "the twelve".  In Mark 9:38-40, the disciples told Christ they had seen someone, who was not one of the disciples, performing exorcisms and ordered him to stop it.  Christ told them to not forbid that.  In other words, Christ is in favor of anyone doing miracles in his name.


James wrote that "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much".  By example, he mentioned Elias (Elijah) who was human "as we are", and who prayed that it not rain and it did not rain for 3.5 years.  Afterwards, when he prayed for rain, it rained. (Jas. 5:17-18, 1K. 17:1 to 18:45).

The principle reason that a person cannot do miracles in Christ's name is a lack of faith.  There are other factors that vary with the individual, the timing, the location and the audience.  We have heard of many miracles of healing, even when death was expected, of divine protection in the face of imminent death or harm, of needs being supplied miraculously, and of demons being cast out or sent away.  In most of these, the miracle was for the benefit of the one healed, or protected, or for those few who witnessed it.  They were not for the benefit of the public at large, as were many of the miracles of Christ, where the purpose was to prove that he was the Messiah.

Miracles performed in the name of Jesus may increase as the world as we know it, comes to an end.  Scriptures show that false miracles, those that are performed by the power of Satan, will definitely increase  (2Cor. 11:13-15, Mat. 24:24, Mark 13:22).

"And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." (Mat. 17:20).   

Notice, "nothing shall be impossible unto you".

We hope this helps.

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Mel and Guyna  

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