The Eight Sign Miracles
BIBL 323-B07 201140
Professor Ryan Marshall
September 30, 2011
John states the purpose for recording the eight signs in his Gospel clearly in the 20th chapter: John 20:30 Now Jesus performed many other miraculous signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 20:31 But these are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John wrote about eight miracles or signs, these particular signs are ones that the Holy Spirit led him to write in his Gospel, they were the most significant and contained significant meaning to the intended audience. Each has the purpose of revealing Jesus’ deity thereby causing people to believe that Jesus is the Messiah and thus gaining eternal life in heaven. The first sign takes place in the second chapter. Jesus was invited to a wedding feast where the host ran out of wine. In changing water into wine He manifested His glory. In this act He demonstrated that He was the true host on Israel. John was very specific about the timeline of events during this first week of Jesus’ ministry. This sign takes place on the seventh day of His ministry which was significant to Jews of the day as they regarded periods of seven days as reflecting God’s creative activity which coincided with Jesus creating a ministry in seven days, another sign of His deity. The second sign occurs in the fourth chapter of John. There was a nobleman whose son was extremely weak and lay dying which is illustrative of the spiritual condition of the nation of Israel. The nobleman trusted in Jesus’ ability to heal just as Mary trusted in Jesus’ ability to spare the family shame at the wedding. Both signs resulted in belief in Him as the Messiah: in the case of the wine, the disciples believed and the nobleman’s family also believed as a result of the boy being healed. Jesus healed the boy who was in Capernaum while He remained in Cana, an obvious testimony to His deity. The third sign is revealed in chapter 5 of John’s Gospel. Jesus is in Jerusalem where He goes to the pool called Bethesda and a lame man of 38 years and Jesus approached him asking; “Do you want to become well?” There were many other sick and ailing people there but Jesus only healed this man which shows that Jesus only saves those who want salvation. Jesus healed this man whose condition was apparently a result of sin in his life. 5:14 After this Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “Look, you have become well. Don’t sin any more, lest anything worse happen to you.” The healing of the lame man shows Jesus’ healing mercy and power sure signs of His deity. In John 6:5-14 the fourth of Jesus’ miraculous signs is found. Jesus has traveled to the Sea of Galilee and was preaching to a large crowd and using five loaves of bread and two fish, He gave thanks, broke the bread and five thousand were fed. Jesus, the Son of God is the perfect provider of all we need. We should always be thankful for what God has given us and He will always provide for His people as we see in Psalms 132:15 I will abundantly supply what she needs. I will give her poor all the food they need. This miracle clearly shows the Jesus’ concern for our physical needs as well as our spiritual needs, the abundance of the bread and fish provided to the multitudes clearly show His deity. Later in the same day as night was falling, the disciples had set to sea in a boat to Capernaum. Meanwhile Jesus had withdrawn to the mountainside alone to pray. There came a storm with high winds, they were several miles from shore when they saw Jesus approaching them walking on the water and were frightened. 6:20 But he said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.”6:21 Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat came to the land where they had been heading. He created the universe including the seas...
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