(April 20, 2015)
All of the miracles that Christ accomplished in His life could have been accomplished without miraculous events (save perhaps the Atonement and Resurrection). The paralytic could have never acquired his condition, or Jairus’s daughter could have recovered or never taken ill in the first place.
The key is that the miracles had, as their purpose, something other than accomplishing the stated purpose of the miracle. Christ didn’t heal the paralytic in order to help him over his palsy – that could have been achieved by him never getting the palsy and none would be the wiser. Christ healed the paralytic to teach us that he could also forgive sins.
I’ve been blessed to have experienced a number of miracles in my life, and as blessed as each event was, the lessons that they have taught me has been far more valuable to me.