Had a thought the other day about the kinds of miracles that Jesus is recorded as performing. Jesus isn't simply a magician that is trying to show off the flashiest tricks that he can. He doesn't make an elephant disappear, levitate people or do anything with fire! The work of Jesus is in healing, feeding, forgiving and reconnecting people.
Even if we put aside the miraculous nature of these interactions, we still have a pattern of interpersonal relationships that shows us how to change the world one person at a time. The point of the miracles is to remind us that Jesus shows us what God is like. We learn therefore that God is concerned about healing, feeding, forgiving and restoring relationships. To follow Jesus is to engage in this kind of work amongst the poor, the marginalised, the vulnerable and the forgotten.