SIGNS AND MIRACLES PAPER
Liberty University, November 27th , 2011
“Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of His disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name.” John 20:30-31 (HCSB)
In the Gospel of John there are eight recorded sign miracles that Jesus Christ performed. This paper will briefly describe each miracle and how it reveals the deity of Jesus Christ.
Turning of Water into Wine
The first miracle Jesus performed was changing water into wine. He and His disciples arrived at a wedding celebration that was already in ...view middle of the document...
The nobleman, probably a high ranking official of Herod Antipas, went to Jesus and begged Him to heal his dying son. Jesus told the man to go and his son would live. The man believed Jesus and on his way home, his servants met him and told him that his son was alive. When the servants told the nobleman when the healing had occurred, he realized it was the precise time that Jesus had spoken the words to him. Then, the nobleman and his entire household believed. Dr. Towns explains how the first belief (verse 50) was in the Word of God, while the second belief (verse 53) was faith in the incarnate Word of God. “This is the first example of salvation to all who believe. This miracle also reveals Christ’s power over space because He did not travel to the man’s son to perform the act, but instead did it from a distance.
Healing of a Lame Man
The illustration of water as symbolic of the law is used again in this miracle to show how the law cannot make someone new. A man who had been lame for 38 years had been by the Pool of Bethesda waiting for someone to let him into the water to be healed. The custom was that the pool, which was used to clean animals before sacrifice, had curative powers under certain circumstances. The man was unable to get into the water by himself, and so he had been there for a long time. Jesus asked the man if he wished to get well, and then told him to get up. The fact that Jesus performed this miracle on the Sabbath is significant in the way it points to His deity. “The sign is Jesus’ assertion that he could do on the Sabbath things that the Pharisees could not do.” “It is through this miracle that God set His seal on the work of His Son.” This miracle also reveals Jesus’ power over time. The man had been suffering for many years, but nonetheless, Jesus was able to make him like new. As the Son of God, Jesus is outside the limiting bounds and effects of time.
Feeding of the 5,000
The next sign miracle is the feeding of 5,000 people with no more than two fish and five loaves of bread. Jesus and His disciples were on a mountain when Jesus saw a large crowd of people coming toward them. He knew these people were not following Him because of who He was, but because of the miracles they had seen or heard He had performed. Nevertheless, Jesus saw their need for food. Jesus knew how He would handle the situation, but before He told His disciples, Andrew brought a small boy and his lunch to Jesus. Although Andrew’s had little faith concerning what could be done with it, Jesus used his small faith and turned that tiny lunch into a feast for all the people. He first prayed over the meal, which showed His dependence upon the Father. This miracle displayed Jesus’ power over food and His willingness to use whatever we willingly offer. Jesus tells the people “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me will certainly not hunger, and he who believes in me will certainly not thirst, ever.” (John 6:35) Jesus’ claim to be the...