Throughout the New Testament are recounts of the miracles that Jesus performed to give proof that He was indeed the Son of God and the Messiah foretold of in the Old Testament. John chose to recount only seven of the many miracles that Jesus performed. He felt that these seven, more than any of the others, showed definitive proof that the Messiah, the Son of God, had come as promised. The First Miracle – John 2:1-11
The first of the seven miracles that John recounts is the turning of water into wine. John notes that this miracle marks the beginning of Jesus’ signs to His disciples and the world. Jesus and his mother are invited to a wedding during which the hosts run out of wine. When the servants come to Mary and tell her that the wine is all gone she turns to Jesus. Jesus does not immediately come to their aid but tells Mary that His time has not yet come referring to the hour just before His betrayal and crucifixion. (Laney, 1992, p.64) Mary tells the servants “Whatever He says to do, do it.” Jesus then tells the servants to fill several stone waterpots with water. Once they completed this He tells them to take some of it to the headwaiter. The headwaiter states that what he tasted was better than the wine that had been served earlier. Jesus had transformed the ordinary water into a fine wine. This miracle shows us how Jesus fulfills our human needs in the absence of resources. He shows us that when we run out of resources and are in need we can turn to Him and he will provide us with what we need. He also shows us that, just as he changed the ordinary water into fine wine, He changes us and our quality of life when we accept Him into our hearts and lives. The Second Miracle – John 4:46-54
The second miracle that is described in the Gospel of John involves the son of a nobleman. When Jesus comes out of Judea and into Galilee a nobleman comes to him asking for his help as his son was sick and dieing. Jesus’ initial response seems somewhat hard and insensitive to me, but as Laney notes He is addressing the Jewish people in general and the fact that they have a need to see signs to justify their faith. (Laney, 1992, p.102) The nobleman asks Jesus again to come and save his son. Jesus tells the man that he can go home; that his son will live. Now, what I find interesting is that the nobleman didn’t even question Jesus or continue begging him to come with him. The nobleman simply left to go home believing that what Jesus had said was true. There is no mention anywhere in the Gospel of John of this man or how he knew of Jesus. It makes sense to me that the nobleman must have witnessed one of Jesus’ thereby reinforcing his faith in Him.
The illness that afflicted the nobleman’s son shows us how weak, frail and mortal we are. Jesus’ healing of the man’s son shows us that we can be healed of our sins but only through Him are we saved. He shows that we can have eternal life through Him. The Third Miracle – John 5:1-18
When Jesus goes to Jerusalem He finds there a man who is lame, an invalid. This man tells Jesus that he is unable to get to the pool by the sheep gate where the waters can heal him. Jesus could tell that the man had been sick for a very long time; thirty eight years according to John. So, He asked the man if he wanted to get well. Thinking that Jesus was talking about the healing properties of the water in the pool he responded by explaining how an angel comes down and stirs the pool’s waters every so often and whoever goes into the water first afterward will be healed. However, the man could not reach the pool before someone else would get to it. To be so close to healing and not be able to get to it must have been frustrating and very disheartening.
Jesus then tells the man to stand up, pick up his pallet, or bed, and walk. And so he does just as Jesus commands. Jesus healed the man’s life long illness that he was powerless to heal himself. This miracle shows us...
References: Laney, J. Carl. Moody Gospel Commentary: John. Chicago: Moody Press, 1992.
__________. New American Standard Bible. New York and Cleveland: Collins Publishers, 1977.
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