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The Incomparable Christ: Miracles of Jesus in the Gospel of John

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The Incomparable Christ: Miracles of Jesus in the Gospel of John

In the Gospel of John, Jesus performs seven significant miracles that the author refers to as “signs.” These signs form the backbone of the first half of the book, and each one is meant to reveal something about the person and work of Christ. One of the interesting features of the fourth Gospel is that John hangs its key by the back door. That is, John doesn’t give us his purpose for writing in the opening paragraph like Luke does. Rather, he saves his purpose statement for the end: “Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written so that you may believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:30-31). The author states explicitly that his purpose for writing is expressed through these signs. Moreover, he has selected seven of them from a much larger number known to him to form the central core of Jesus’ ministry before the crucifixion. They can be understood as divine endorsements of his authority, even as they clearly mark him out as “the incomparable Christ.” (Twitter Hashtag: #IncChrist)

In the Gospel of John, Jesus performs seven significant miracles that the author refers to as “signs.” These signs form the backbone of the first half of the book, and each one is meant to reveal something about the person and work of Christ. One of the interesting features of the fourth Gospel is that John hangs its key by the back door. That is, John doesn’t give us his purpose for writing in the opening paragraph like Luke does. Rather, he saves his purpose statement for the end: “Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written so that you may believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:30-31). The author states explicitly that his purpose for writing is expressed through these signs. Moreover, he has selected seven of them from a much larger number known to him to form the central core of Jesus’ ministry before the crucifixion. They can be understood as divine endorsements of his authority, even as they clearly mark him out as “the incomparable Christ.”

Twitter Hashtag: #IncChrist