Sign Miracles Paper |
BIBL 323 D17 201240 |
Rev. Abdue L. Knox, I L22937066 |
And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. John 20:30-31 NKJV
Everywhere Jesus went people were amazed at His miraculous powers. The Apostle John uses Jesus miracles as an organizing principle in his gospel. He calls them semeia, or “signs” indicating that each miracle was a concrete demonstration of Jesus’ divinity and messiah ship. The purpose of the signs were to produce belief as they did for the ...view middle of the document...
This Nobleman, who was most likely a high ranking official of Herod Antipas, went to Jesus in desperation for Him to heal his dying son. Although the son was in Capernaum and Jesus was in Cana, He told the Nobleman “your son will live” (John 4:50) The Nobleman believed Jesus and on his way home his servants met him and told him that his son was alive. The nobleman asked the servants what time the healing occurred and they told him the time he realized it was the time that Jesus had said “your son lives”. Then the nobleman and his entire household believed. Towns explains how the first belief (John 4:50) was in the Word of God, while the second belief (John 4:53) was faith in the incarnate Word of God. “This is the first example of salvation to all who believe.” (Towns 2002) This sign miracle indicates that Jesus was more than a mere mortal; he possessed the power not only to defeat disease, but to transcend space. Jesus did not have to physically be present to heal. (Earl D. Radmacher 1997)
The third sign miracle is the healing of the Lame man at the pool of Bethesda found in John 5:1-15. With this sign another reaction to Jesus’ miracles can be seen. A man at the pool of Bethesda had been sick for 38 years and Jesus told him to “Pick up your bed and walk”. And immediately he was well. This healing took place on the Sabbath. Instead of rejoicing with the healed man, the Jewish leaders/Pharisees reprimanded him for carrying his bed on the Sabbath. “This sign is Jesus assertion that he could do on the Sabbath things that the Pharisees could not do.” (Morris 1989)
The fourth sign miracle was Jesus’ miraculous feeding of five thousand with two fish and five barley loaves of bread found in John 6:1-14. Jesus and his disciples were on a mountain when Jesus saw a large crowd of people coming toward them. He knew these people wet not following Him because of who he was, but because of the miracles they had seen or heard He had performed. Jesus saw their need for food, and he knew how he would handle the situation. Andrew brought a small boy and his meager lunch to Jesus. He first prayed over the meal, this showed his dependence upon the father. This miracle displayed Jesus power over food and His willingness to use whatever we willingly offer. (Towns 2002) Jesus tells the people And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35) Jesus’ claim to be the bread of life further reveals His deity. Morris says, “The bread symbolism is complex, but clearly Jesus is the supplier of our deepest needs.” (Morris 1989) They came to Jesus to fulfill their gastrointestinal proclivities and not for spiritual food that would give everlasting life.
The fifth sign miracle was Jesus walking on water recorded in John 6:16-21. This miracle occurred later the same day as the feeding of the five thousand. The disciples took a boat to cross the Sea of...