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What Jesus Can Do (4 of 18)
Series: New Testament Sampler
Introduction: Why should a person believe in Jesus Christ? Why should a person decide to make the standards of Jesus the standards of his/her life?
That issue is at the heart of what the Gospel John is all about. John explains his purpose near the end of the book. "Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name" (John 20:30-31). John says he intentionally emphasizes specific miracles of Jesus so that his readers might have faith in Jesus. These miracle "signs" are signposts to faith in Jesus.
John concentrates on seven miraculous signs performed by Jesus. He actually counts them off. Sign number one! Sign number two! But why these and not others? One Bible scholar suggests this. "These seven miracles operated precisely in the areas where man is unable to effect any change of laws or conditions which affect his life. In these areas Jesus proved himself powerful (potent) where man is powerless (impotent), and the works that he did testify to his supernatural ability" (Merrill C. Tenney, Survey of the New Testament, p. 190). Let's walk through John's seven signs and find good reasons for believing in Jesus.
Sign 1: Turning Water Into Wine (2:1-11). Jesus and his disciples are at a wedding feast. The host runs out of wine, something quite embarrassing. Imagine running out of wedding cake half way through the reception! Mary asks Jesus for help. He calls for the servants to fill several large pots with water. When they then draw from the pots, the water had turned to wine. Not only that, this wine is better than the first.
This was more than a miracle of provision. It was a miracle of quality. That's what Jesus brings to life. Healthy living and good ...
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