Mark 11

Downcast (2009) (9″ x 12″)
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The last half of Mark 11 consists of a sandwich construction in which the story of the cursiing of the fig tree is interrupted in the middle with the account of Jesus driving out the moneychangers. Interestingly, both of these stories have been quoted by critics of Christianity to prove that Jesus was not in fact sinless. Both stories are indeed related in theme and demonstrate Jesus’ righteous indignation. Unfortunately for us, we are not righteous like Jesus and need to be very hesitant before attempting to emulate Jesus’ actions.

Matthew 15

Crumbs (2009) (9″ x 12″)
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I have been studying the Book of Acts recently, which reminded me that gentiles like myself are only allowed into the kingdom because we are receiving the “crumbs” discarded by the people in Jesus’ day. We may be “dogs” as Jesus says in Matthew 15:21-28, but grace has been extended to us as well.

John 5

Troubling the Water (2009) (9″ x 12″)
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This miracle story is interesting in giving an insight into human nature. Apparently there was a tradition built up around the Pool of Bethsaida to the effect that an angel would disturb the water and heal whomever was the first into the pool. Thus, it was the ancient equivalent of Lourdes. It is probably safe to say that the pool’s success rate was roughly equivalent to that of Lourdes also (about 60 confirmed cases out of many millions).
By contrast, Jesus heals the man by the pool without being sought out by him. Salvation is not accomplished by what we do, but by what God has already done for us through Christ.

Luke 14

From the Lesser to the Greater (2009) (9″ x 12″)
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Luke 14:1-6 is a passage describing not an actual miracle, but a hypothetical one. Jesus asks the Pharisees whether it is permissible to heal on the Sabbath, knowing that they have criticized him for this very thing. They refuse to answer because they are well aware of the provisions in Leviticus allowing certain acts of mercy to be performed on the Sabbath.

Matthew 17

Clarias Macracanthus (2009) (9″ x 12″)
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Matthew 17:24-27 records the miracle of Peter finding a coin in a fish’s mouth. However, the main thrust of the story is Jesus’ teaching regarding the need to pay the annual temple tax in order not to give offense to the Jews in Jerusalem. This is one of two teachings in Matthew on the subject of taxation, the other being in Matthew 22 regarding the question of paying taxes to Caesar.
These two issues were combined somewhat after a Jewish revolt in 66 AD when Rome demanded that Jews pay a tax to support the temple of Jupiter in Rome.

Luke 7

Raised in Nain (2009) (9″ x 12″)
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The raising of the widow’s son in Luke 7:11-15 is apparently so similar to the miracles of Elijah and Elisha that it prompts the people to say, “A great prophet has risen among us!”  This incident may also explain why many felt that Jesus was actually the reappearance of Elijah predicted in Malachi.

John 6: The Feeding of the 5,000

Every Little Bit Helps (2009) (9″ x 12″)
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The feeding of the multitude is the only miracle of Christ that is recorded in all four gospels. The human hero of the story is perhaps Andrew, who identifies at least one person in the crowd who has brought food with him. Although Andrew knows that it is not enough to feed everyone, he nonetheless brings it to Jesus’ attention believing in faith that Jesus might be able to use it.  
We shouldn’t be afraid to bring our insignificant gifts to God since he can multiply them to further His kingdom.

Mark 4

Peace, Be Still (2009) (9″ x 12″)
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Some people balk at accepting the nature miracles of Christ such as the stilling of the storm, found in Mark 4.  They accept the fact that God is able to do anything, but feel that it would be somehow cheating for him to disobey the very laws of nature that he set in place to begin with. As a PhD scientist, I can sympathize with these feelings; however, they are only feelings, not well thought-out logical deductions.
This is too large a subject to cover in a few sentences. For those interested in pursuing it, I would recommend reading C. S. Lewis’ Miracles, C. John Collins’ The God of Miracles, or Bernard Ramm’s The Christian View of Science and Scripture.

John 2: The Miracle at Cana

Saving the Best for Last (2009) (9″ x 12″)
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This first miracle of Jesus, at the wedding in Cana, again reminds us that one of the main purposes for Jesus’ coming was to bring joy and good news into the world, not a sense of doom and more onerous commands to follow.

Matthew 14

Stepping Out (2009) (9″ x 12″)
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The story of Jesus walking on the water not only demonstrates his complete mastery over nature, but also the strengths and weaknesses of Peter’s character. He is the fearless leader, charging out ahead while the other apostles are more hesitant. On the other hand, when he fails to keep his eye on Jesus and tries to go his own way, he fails miserably (as we all do).