What are miracles? A dictionary may say that a miracle is an extraordinary event showing divine intervention into human affairs. People being healed from things that the doctors of the day could not heal is an extraordinary event.
The Jews in Jesus’ time were looking for the Messiah (or ‘Christ’ in the Greek) and one of the signs to confirm that this was truly the Messiah, was that he would perform miracles of healing. Isaiah in the Old Testament wrote:
“Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.Isaiah 35:5-6 NIV
Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Jesus did heal people of blindness, those who were deaf, those who were crippled and those who could not speak, so what he was doing was showing ‘signs’ that he was the Messiah.
Lesson plans and resources for: What are miracles?
Updated March 2022. What are miracles? Lesson plan
How to fulfil the locally agreed syllabus for ‘What are miracles?’
Hopefully you will be able to match your local agreed syllabus with what is here which satisfies eight councils:
These lesson plans are based on the Progression Documents of The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education’ Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Rutland County Councils. This is in the light blue text.
The green text is from other Councils: Lewisham Borough, West Sussex, Hull and East Riding.
Here are the main aims for the lesson plan:
Read some of Jesus’ miracle stories and find out what is a miracle. Ask why these miracle stories are important.
Key vocabulary: Bible, Christ, Faith, God, Gospel, Holy, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Miracle, New Testament, Old Testament, Worship.