Miracles of the Gospel of John

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Signs/Miracles Paper
Jeffrey Kerns
BIBL 323

This paper will cover the eight great sign miracles that Jesus performed amd recorded in the Gospel of John.

First Sign/Miracle

Turning Water into Wine: This miracle was performed at the wedding at Cana. 1 On the

third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his

disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to

him, “They have no more wine.” 4 “Woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My

hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[b]

7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. (NIV)
This sign miracle reveals the deity of Christ because it shows that Christ has power over

creation.

Second Sign/Miracle

Healing of a Noble Man's Son: 46 Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death. 48 “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.” Jesus said unto him "Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way." His servants met him and confirmed that his son was alive. This sign miracle reveals the deity of Christ because it shows that the power of Christ is not limited by space. This miracle also reveals Christ deity because it manifested the power of his spoken word.

Third Sign/Miracle
Healing of the Lame Man: 1 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the

Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is

called Bethesda[a] and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of

disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. [4] [b] 5 One who was there had

been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had

been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” 7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” 8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked(NIV) This sign miracle shows the deity of Christ because Jesus has power over time and the ability to heal all manner of sickness and disease.

Fourth Sign/Miracle
Feeding of the Five Thousand: 1 Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of

the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him

because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a

mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival was near. 5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he...
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