Not only his teaching, but his actions also showed people who he was, including his healings of those who were sick, and his raising of the dead.

Yeshua went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. (Matthew 4:23, NIV)

When John heard in prison what Messiah was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.” (Matthew 11:2–5, NIV)

Jesus’ acts of healing were also a fulfillment of the prophecies about the Messiah; Jesus was alluding to this passage in the Hebrew Bible to John:

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Then will the lame leap like a deer,
and the mute tongue shout for joy. (Isaiah 35:5–6, NIV)

On a few occasions Yeshua even raised the dead. One man was dead four days before Yeshua arrived and resurrected him.

Yeshua, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

Then Yeshua said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

So they took away the stone. Then Yeshua looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

When he had said this, Yeshua called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Yeshua said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” (John 11:38–44, NIV)

This also connected Yeshua to the Hebrew Scriptures, for some of the ancient prophets such as Elijah and Elisha also raised some from the dead. Jesus, however, had a more extensive ministry of healing and raising-of-the-dead than any biblical prophet. This again helped the people of his time to understand who he was.

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