I need help creating a thesis and an outline on The Miracles of Jesus Through Understanding the Context of the Narrative. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. During his lifetime Jesus performed a long series of miracles that helped to give credibility to his ministry. Besides, these miracles gave beauty and compassion to the historic value of the nature of his love. His miracles can be broken down into six periods and the stories of those miracles provide different meanings to the context in which they are told. The first period is a “preparatory period” between his baptism until he calls his disciples to him.1 Four miracles occurred during this time that as is reported in the histories. He then continued forward to perform sixteen miracles in the first portion of his ministry, eight in the second, six in the third, and four in the last days before his death. After his resurrection, he performed one miracle. The total number of miracles reported as having been done by Jesus is 34.2
There can be identified eight miracles that are considered to be sign miracles. Keeler, Grimble, and Wiggins define seven sign miracles that suggest that Jesus is the son of God. These ‘signs’ are intended to signal his arrival and to be taken as reflective of the nature of worship that would be used towards Jesus as the son of God. As well they define him as deified. The first sign, according to Keeler, Grumbly, and Wiggins, is the most important as it is the first to signal that he was more than a prophet or a man. The first sign miracle identified is that of the miracle at the wedding feast in Cana where Jesus turned the water into wine.3 The importance of these signs, such as turning the water into wine, is that they are visible and do not leave an abstracted idea of the nature of Jesus. They clearly proclaim that he is divine.4 In turning the water into wine, the act provided for “symbolic actions (that) was valuable for his purpose because they were able to integrate several levels of meaning into a coherent whole”. Jesus showed himself through compassionate and real-life applications of his miracles.