The Eight Miracles Pointing to Jesus as Messiah
Not all miracles are signs pointing to the deity of Jesus, but all signs are miracles. Signs communicate unique teachings in addition to their demonstration of power of God (“Thoughts on the Eight Signs of John’s Gospel”).
John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, only records eight of the many miracles preformed by Jesus during his three year ministry on earth. John chose miracles that reveal Jesus as God in the flesh. This reflection of Jesus as God incarnate can be seen from a different angle in each of the recorded miraculous signs. Turning Water to Wine (John 2:1-11):
This is the first sign that is recorded in the Gospel of John. Jesus is an invited guest at the wedding feast in Cana in the land of Galilee. The wine during this marriage feast has run out and at the request of His mother to render the situation, Jesus has six jars filled with water. The servants then drew some of the liquid out and presented it to the master of the banquet. Not realizing that it had once been water, the master of banquet praises the choice drink calling it the “best”. This miracle signifies that Jesus has the power to turn the ordinary into extraordinary. It is important to note that John does not record that Jesus spoke to the water or waved His hands over it in any way. Therefore, we are led to conclude that the water simply became what Jesus intended it to be, showing the miracle of His power over all creation. Only God could have the power to turn His creation of tasteless water into a masterpiece that surprised even the expert’s palate! Healing of the Nobleman’s Son (John 4:46-54):
Jesus, for His second miraculous sign, is once again in the land of Cana in Galilee. Here, He encounters a royal official whose son is extremely ill and is close to death. The official’s son is at his home in Capernaum, a distance of over 50 miles away. The official, upon hearing that Jesus was in Cana, seeks Jesus and begs Him for the healing of his son. Jesus tells the official to go, because his son will live. The official, showing great faith in the healing power of Jesus, departs for Capernaum. While still on his journey home, the official is met by his servants who have come to proclaim his son’s well being. The official inquires to the timing of his son’s recovery and is told “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him” (The Nelson Study Bible, John 4.52). Realizing that it was the exact time that Jesus had spoken the healing words, the official and his household believed! We see in this miracle that Jesus did not even need to be in the child’s presence to heal him fully and completely. Jesus was over 50 miles away and His healing power restored a specific little boy. Only God, with a single statement, can reach over the miles and meet us at our greatest need. Healing of the Lame Man (John 5:1-9):
After healing the official’s son, Jesus went up to the city of Jerusalem. Here, He passes the pool Bethesda, where a great many disabled people lay awaiting help into the pool. Most are blind, lame or paralyzed. Jesus encounters one man who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years lying near the pool. Jesus asks the man if he wants to be well. The man explains that he has no one to help him into the pool when the waters are stirred for healing. Thus, he has watched others for so many years achieve what he has desperately needed. Jesus then commands him to “Rise, take up your bed and walk” (The Nelson Study Bible, John 5.8). At once, the man is healed and stands to pick up his mat and walk! Jesus did not even need to lay His hands on the man nor did He need to use the waters of the pool to heal. At just the sound of His words, the infliction lost its grip on the man’s life and he was restored! Only God has the power that can loose the chains of physical infirmity on a life. Feeding of the Five Thousand (John 6:1-14):
Jesus is near the Sea of Galilee. A great crowd of people are...