Eight Sign Miracles
The Gospel of John reveals eight sign miracles that Jesus preformed as He started His ministry. The miracles are as follows: turning of water into wine, healing of a nobleman’s son, healing of a lame man, feeding of five thousand, Jesus walking on the water, healing of a blind man, raising Lazarus from the dead, and the miracle catch of fish. As we look into each of these miracles each one has a purpose and a message to the audience, so let’s dive right in.
Within the first miracle Jesus and His disciple went to a wedding celebration. While attending this wedding a problem arose, they ran out of wine. Then Mary approached Jesus with this problem “They have no more wine” (John 2:3). At this point we can only image what went through the mind of Jesus, but as Dr. Towns stated in our lecture time Mary knew that Jesus could do something. Jesus did not say that he could or could not do something he just stated “my time has not come” (John 2:4). “Mary is presuming on her relationship with him as her son, yet Jesus is redefining this: He cannot act under her authority but must instead follow the course that has been determined for him by God.” (1) So Mary being a woman of faith knew that Jesus would be willing, but she would not understand it all until it took place. As Jesus took the opportunity to take the six water pots, the servants, and the water to make wine, He wanted them to see that He had power over creation. He performs His miracles at His appointed time and for the purpose that people might believe that He is the Son of God, and might have life through His name.” (2) This points to the fact that through Christ we have a new beginning if we would only believe. 1. Gary M. Burge, John: from Biblical Text... to Contemporary Life (Chattanooga, TN: Zondervan, 2000), page 91. 2. Elmer Towns, The Gospel of John: Believe and Live, [Rev. ed. (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2002), page 20.
Now we move to the healing of the Nobleman’s son, and he was a high ranking official that served Herod Antipas. The nobleman desired for his son to be healed, because he had exhausted himself trying to find the means to get his son to the right person. “All he could plead was for mercy, for his child was at the point of death.” (3) He went to Jesus to begging him that he might come and heal his son, but “Jesus chose to heal this nobleman’s son without making the journey to Capernaum.” (4) The thing that stuck out to me is that Jesus told him, you will never believe” (John 4:48), if you don’t see. Then Jesus tells him to go home and your child will live. I believe Jesus wanted to test the man’s faith, if he might believe without seeing first hand. “ This is the case also when the royal officer “Believed the word that Jesus spoke to him; he accepted it as true and acted on it, (5) and I believe that exactly what Christ wants us to do with the word of God! As the nobleman was on his way he met some of his servants, and they told him that the boy was living. They informed him what time the fever actual left him, which was the exact time Jesus said that “Your son will live” (John 4:53). So one could conclude that the nobleman’s faith in Jesus became real when he found out that his son was alive and his family found faith through believing.
Next we come to the healing of the lame man, the man had been lame for 38 years and he had been waiting by the pool of Bethesda for healing. This was a place where “the waters of the pool were popularly believed to posses curative powers.” (6) 3. John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck, eds., The Bible Knowledge Commentary: an Exposition of the Scriptures (Chattanooga, TN: David C. Cook, 1983), page 288. 4. Elmer Towns, The Gospel of...