Jesus performing miracles
      An early mention of the miracles of Christ comes from Julian the Apostate (Roman Emperor from 361-363 A.D.) who was an enemy of Christianity, he wrote:
 
     "Jesus . . . has now been honored for about three hundred years; having done nothing throughout his lifetime that was worthy of fame, unless anyone thinks it a very great work to heal the lame and the blind and to cast out demons in the towns of Bethsaida and Bethany."
 
     This statement shows that it was commonly accepted that Jesus performed miracles in the villages of Bethsaida and Bethany as recorded in the Bible.
      Mark 8:22 states that Jesus healed a man who had been blind since birth in Bethsaida, and John 12:1 records that Jesus rose Lazarus from the dead in Bethany.
      Jewish rabbinical writings found in the Talmud also give witness to the fact that Jesus had the power to heal. One such writing from around 100 A.D. involves the case of Rabbi Eleazar ben Dama who a was bitten by a poisonous snake:
       ‘Jacob of Kephar Sama arrived to heal him in the name of Jesus [Yeshua].  But Rabbi Ishmael did not permit it. He said:"Ben Dama, you must not do so!"
      (Ben Dama) replied: "I will bring you proof (from the scriptures) that he may heal me!" But he died before he was able to produce the proof.’ --Tosefta, Hullin 2.22-23
 
      The early Jewish Rabbis of the first century did not deny that Jesus performed miracles, but they tried to attribute them to acts of sorcery.  
      A passage taken from the Babylonia Sanhedrin written sometime between 95-110 A.D. states:
       "During the time of Passover they executed Yeshu (of Nazareth). An announcement was made for forty days before this saying (Yeshu of Nazareth) will be stoned in that he has practiced sorcery and deceived and led Israel astray. Let everyone who knows contrary, come and plead for his defense. But they found nothing in his defense and crucified him . . ."
 
      These false allegations by the Jewish leaders trying to say  that Jesus performed these miracles by practicing sorcery and magic arts can also be found in the Bible. Luke 11:14-20 states:
     
       "And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled. But some of them said, "He casts out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons."
     Others, testing Him, sought from Him a sign from heaven. But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls. "If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub. "And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. "But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you."
JESUS' GREATEST STATEMENTS ABOUT SIGNS AND MIRACLES:
 
    Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from You."
    But He answered and said to them, "An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."  Matthew 12:38-40
 
    Therefore they said to Him, "What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? "Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.' "
     Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. "For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."
     Then they said to Him, "Lord, give us this bread always."
    And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst....."This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me  I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. "And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:30-40
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Sources:
                   
Evidence That Demands A Verdict (Vol.1) Author:Josh Mcdowell
ISBN 0-7852-4219-8
Pg.85-86 (Quote from Babylonia Sanhedrin 43A)
Pg.124-125 (early Jewish witnesses & Julian the Apostate)
 
Talmud, Tosefta, Hullin 2.22-23
The case of Rabbi Eleazar ben Dama  wanting to be healed by a disciple of Christ.
 
Julian the Apostate Against the Galileans Book 1 excerpted from Cyril of
Alexandria. Translated by Wilmer Cave Wright
Apostates quote regarding Jesus casting our demons in Bethany and Bethsaida.
 
Artwork: "Jesus Healing The Sick, Illustrated in Dore Bible Illustrations (1891)
Artist: Gustave Dore, Publisher: Bedford Clarke Publishers.
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