Walking on water, raising the dead, calming storms, demons subject to His commands—the list of Jesus’ accomplishments is most impressive (to say the least). Numbered in that list are these and other activities that defy rational explanation. How could He do such things?
That’s exactly the point. He did things that a normal person cannot do. These very actions served as the testimony to the fact that Jesus from Nazareth was not a “normal” man. As a matter of fact, He wasn’t just an exceptional man—He was so much more. Peter gets it right when he confesses Jesus to be “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:16).
Here’s something important to recall—upon blessing Peter for this statement, Jesus says that God is the one who revealed this, not man (Matt. 16:17). Note that two chapters previous in Matthew’s Gospel, he records the response of the apostles to having seen Jesus walk on water. They exclaimed, “Truly you are the Son of God” (Matt. 14:33). God’s revelation of Jesus being His Son was accomplished, at least in part, through the extraordinary acts (miracles) of Jesus.
Peter explains this on the day of Pentecost. He says that Jesus of Nazareth was “attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him” (Acts 2:22). The purpose behind the miracles was not just to grab people’s attention and impress them, though they certainly did do that. The idea was for that to be a starting point from which a genuine faith could be nurtured, a faith of full and complete reliance, trust, and obedience to Him.
Yes, our response to what Jesus did might very well be, “Wow! Did Jesus really do that?”, but may our response never stop until we’re not only impressed by Him, but that He is truly our Lord and Savior!