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A Taste of New Wine (6 of 12)
Series: Miracles: Discovering the Power of God
We are in a series of studies about miracles. I am praying that as we have moved through these you are getting more and more hungry to experience the power of God in your life. As I have studied and prepared for these, I have found myself praying and thinking over and over again, "God, do it again." I mean, If God moved and acted this way once, I believe that he wants to act this way again.
We are turning the corner this weekend and moving into the New Testament and specifically, we are going to be in the Gospel of John for the rest of this series. When John was writing his account of Jesus' life, the Holy Spirit directed John to record just seven of the miracles that Jesus did. At the end of his writing, he says, in John 20:30-31: "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 THE LIVING GOD, AND THAT BELIEVING YOU MAY HAVE LIFE IN HIS NAME."
It is important that we understand John, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, arranged the recording of these miracles in a special sequence for our understanding. And John describes these miracles as "signs." And the word "sign" here means "a miracle with a message" or "a miracle with meaning." That means these are not just miracles with obvious meanings, but there is a special lesson or message that is taught in each of these seven miracles that John records. In fact, the Gospel of John is called the "Sign" Gospel. There is symbolism that is attached to each of these.
In every story that Jesus told there was a miracle of instruction and in every miracle Jesus performed there was a miracle of instruction and teaching. So you need to get this: There is more than meets the eye to each of these miracles in John we are going to look at. And every one of these miracles poi ...
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