The Bible is loaded with amazing stories about early Christianity, detailing the timeline all the way back to the creation of heaven and earth. Some of the miracles are often cited in other popular works of art from film and television to other books and are even well-known by people who have never read the Bible.
There are dozens and dozens of miracles to choose from in the Bible, but which ones are among the most well-known? Here’s our list of five of the greatest miracles that you can find in the Bible.
There is no greater miracle than the creation of life itself. In the Book of Genesis, creation is explained by God first creating heaven and earth. It goes on to say that the earth was originally without any form and was completely in the dark until he said “Let there be light.” God then created everything that we know and see, according to the Bible, and became the basis of all mankind.
“God created man in his own image, in the image of God create he him; male and female created he them,” the Bible reads. “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, ‘Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
Water From the Rock
In Numbers 20, Moses is described as being able to get water from a rock, which is something that we think we’ll never see for ourselves when trying it. There was no water for Moses’s congregation as they wandered away from Egypt. The congregation asked why they didn’t just die with some of their brethren instead of getting lost for years and having nothing to eat and no water to drink.
The Lord spoke to Moses after the backlash that he suffered. The Lord said “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” Moses did just that, with water coming out in abundance, preserving their faith in the Lord.
Jonah and the Whale
One of the most famous stories from the Bible that even non-religious people know is that of Jonah and the Whale. Jonah was a prophet from the Hebrew Bible who was also the son of Amittai. He’s the focus of the Book of Jonah, which details how God commanded him to travel to the city of Nineveh, but Jonah goes off the path instead and is swallowed by a whale after being ejected from a ship.
Jonah was swallowed whole and sat in the whale’s stomach for three days. While in most cases it would be instant death, Jonah survived for all three days and prayed to God the entire time. After enough prayer, God allowed the whale to vomit Jonah out of his stomach and he makes his way to Nineveh as God requested.
Parting of the Red Sea
We already mentioned one miracle that pertained to Moses, though it’s this one that’s more well-known by non-religious people. In the Book of Exodus, Moses is leading his people out of Egypt to escape slavery and persecution, but are almost caught when they reach the Red Sea.
With nowhere to go and the sea being unable to be traversed across, Moses needed a miracle to get to the other side and reach safety. A wall of fire stopped the Egyptians in their tracks, allowing Moses time to perform the miracle of parting the Red Sea, and allowing the Israelites to cross. When the Egyptians tried to pursue, the water returned, stopping them for good as many drowned.
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is, of course, the center of Christianity, and many people who follow the faith know the story of his death and resurrection. After being crucified for his beliefs, Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day in what many consider to be the miracle that started the entire branch of the religion.
In the Bible, the resurrection itself doesn’t have a very detailed description but rather describes that the tomb Jesus was placed in after his death was empty on the third day. Jesus then appeared spiritually to the apostles and many others. In John 11:25-26, it reads that “Jesus told (Martha), ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”