John writes his gospel with one goal in mind: reveal who Jesus is. Likewise we should study John’s gospel to see who Jesus is. One of the ways that John reveals Jesus to us is by structuring his gospel around seven miracles or signs. Each one of these signs reveals truth about who Jesus is.
John uses these seven signs to point to something bigger. These miracles are exactly that; miracles calling the reader to see and understand Jesus as more than a 1st century Jewish rabbi. John wants his readers to grasp the grandeur of Jesus.
The seven signs are as follows:
- Turning water into wine (2:1-11)
- Healing the officials son (4:46-54)
- Healing the paralytic at Bethesda (5:1-15)
- Feeding the 5000 in Galilee (6:1-15)
- Walking on water (6:16-21)
- Healing the Blind (9)
- Raising Lazarus for the dead (11)
It is paramount as we progress that we seek to understand these signs as something bigger. It’s not just turning water into wine, or multiplying a few loafs of bread into dinner for 5,000. It’s about understanding Jesus for who he really his. The signs are doorways into the bigger reality of Jesus and who he is.
So over the next seven post we are going to look at the person of Jesus through the eyes of the Apostle John. So here’s your invitation to spend the next seven post dive in and deepen your love and affection for Jesus.
Say it with me.
Let’s dig in.