Question: How can we be sure that the miracles of Jesus actually happened? Could they have been fabricated?
Answer: We can be sure that the miracles of Jesus actually happened for the following reasons:
1-Many witnesses were still alive when the records were published. One highly pertinent factor is the brief time that elapsed between Jesus’ miraculous public ministry and the publication of the gospels. Many eyewitnesses to Jesus’ miracles would have still been alive to refute any untrue miracle accounts (1 Corinthians 15:6).
2-Those that told of the miracles of Jesus were willing to die for the truth. These men had noble character and their reputation was clean (Peter, James, and John, for example). These men were willing to give up their lives rather than deny their beliefs. In fact, most of the disciples were martyred for their faith.
3-Enemey witnesses to the miracles of Jesus provided no dispute. When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, for example, none of the chief priests or Pharisees disputed the miracle (John 11:45-48). If they could have disputed it, they would have. Because there were so many enemy witnesses who observed and challenged Christ, successful “fabrication” of miracle stories in His ministry would have been impossible.
4-The book of Acts is the recorded history of the early church. They are actual events that took place in Rome. Paul in Acts 26:24-31 is stating in a court of Law that King Agrippa knows these things are true (concerning Jesus’ death, resurrection, and all the things that had been miraculously happening). Paul said these things were not done in a corner, but in the open, and King Agrippa was an eye-witness to these accounts.
5-Historically, the miracles of Jesus are better attested than many other ancient truths we hold true today. If we are going to doubt the miracles of Jesus which are better attested than most historical happenings even a 1000 years later, then we should be casting the same doubt on most of history.
6-The miracles of Jesus changed evil men into saints. This is the biggest proof that divine power was the source of these miracles.
In His service,