“One way in which Jesus’ mighty works were evidently understood by some was that they were the signs of the long-awaited fulfilment of prophecy. For a first-century Jew, most if not all of the works of healing, which form the bulk of Jesus’ mighty works, could be seen as the restoration to membership in Israel of those who, through sickness or whatever, had been excluded as ritually unclean. The healings thus function in exact parallel with the welcome of sinners, and this, we may be quite sure, was what Jesus himself intended. He never performed mighty works simply to impress. He saw them as part of the inauguration of the sovereign and healing rule of Israel’s covenant god.” http://biblia.com/books/jesusvictygod/offset/811461 via the Logos Bible Android app.
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