And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see Him of a long season, because he had heard many things of Him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by Him. (Luke 23:8)


When Pilate could find no fault in Jesus, He sent Him back to the Jewish king, Herod. Herod was glad because for a long time he had wanted see Jesus perform a miracle. The questions he asked Jesus made this desire obvious, but Jesus did not say or do anything in response. Miracles are one way God meets the needs of those who seek Him in faith. Sometimes He will demonstrate His supernatural ability to inspire faith in people [simple_tooltip content=’10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” — He said to the paralytic,

11 “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”’](Mark 2:10-11)[/simple_tooltip], but He will not perform a miracle for skeptics who are tempting Him and have no desire for Him [simple_tooltip content=’9 Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here.

10 For it is written:
‘He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you,’

11 and,
‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”

12 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”’](Luke 4:9-12)[/simple_tooltip].

A miracle is a supernatural intervention of God’s power over natural law. Healings occur within the boundaries of natural law while miracles are not limited to natural law. A person with a high fever who receives prayer and then begins to recover is experiencing a healing. The Lord intervened, but in natural ways. The virus, infection, or whatever was rebuked, left the body [simple_tooltip content=’So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately she arose and served them.’](Luke 4:39)[/simple_tooltip], and then the natural healing process that the Lord built into people took over. When something totally supernatural happens, like reattaching the guard’s ear and it being instantly whole [simple_tooltip content=’But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him.’](Luke 22:51)[/simple_tooltip], that is a miracle. It was also a healing, but it was a miraculous healing.

Feeding the five thousand [simple_tooltip content=’19 Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes.

20 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained.’](Matt. 14:19-20)[/simple_tooltip], walking on the water [simple_tooltip content=’Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.’](Matt. 14:25)[/simple_tooltip], translating a ship and all aboard to the other side of the sea [simple_tooltip content=’Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.’](John 6:21)[/simple_tooltip] — all these are miracles—and you, being in Christ, can do them too! Today you have the full authority of the name of Jesus, which means that anything He did, you can do also. As long as your heart is in the right place and you desire a miracle to reveal Jesus to someone, you should have no hesitancy in believing God for one.