Purpose of Miracles
The more you know about Jesus and the longer you live with Him
the more you know that no human category can contain Him. He is God with
Jesus said, The very work that the Father has given Me to
finish and which I am doing testifies that the Father has sent Me (John 5:36).
The apostle John called miracles signs because they
signified something. For example, the sign of Jonah was a token of the death
and resurrection of Christ. They pointed to the presence and the work of God in Christ.
Everything Jesus did was done to reveal the person and character of God. The miracles show
us the nature of Christ. They demonstrate that God is with us.
The miracles of healing prove that Jesus is the Lord and the giver of
life. The feeding of the five thousand demonstrates that He is the sustainer of life. The
healing of the man born blind shows that He gives physical and spiritual sight. In every
one of His miracles Jesus demonstrates over and over again that He does what the Father
does (John 10:37). He is equal with the Father, and the only way you can know the
character and nature of the one true God is through His unique Son (John
The apostle John pays special attention
to several signs that point clearly to the nature of Christ. He is God with
us (John 1:14, 18).
Jesus changed the water to wine at the wedding in Cana
of Galilee and filled a young couple with joy that His glory might be
revealed, and as a result the disciples first believed on Him (John 2:1-11). The creative
power of Christ was revealed in that miracle. It was “through Him that
all thing were made (1:3).
A little later Jesus healed the noblemans son. Jesus brought faith and peace to a father whose heart was filled with fear, anxiety and
dread that his son would die.
The healing of the disabled man in 5:1-18 brought out the hardness of
men spiritually blind. Jesus sets us free from the bondage of sin. God is a great God of great grace.
When Jesus fed the five thousand men, and many more women and
children (6:1-14), He demonstrated that He can satisfy the deepest hunger of the human
soul. He is the bread of life. Jesus said, He who comes to Me will never
go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty (6:35). He alone is able
to satisfy your deep spiritual hunger right now.
Jesus walked on water and demonstrated that He has power over the
laws of nature (6:16-21).
When He healed the man born blind not only did He demonstrate His
power over physical and spiritual blindness, but He also showed that He is the light
of the world (9:1-41). Through a series of steps the blind man came to the place
where he said, Lord I believe, and worshipped Christ (vv. 35-38).
The last public display of His power over nature, sickness and sin
was the demonstration of His total victory over death (11:1-46). At the raising of Lazarus
from the dead Jesus declared, I am the resurrection and the life (11:25).
Jesus alone is the source of eternal life. The raising of Lazarus points to the supreme
manifestation of the glory of Jesus in His own resurrection from the dead (20:14, 17-21,
The miracles are the testimony of God as to the nature and person of
Jesus Christ. He is God with us.
John 20:30-31 reads, Therefore many other signs Jesus also
performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these
have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and
that believing you may have life in His name. John selected certain
signs from many other miracles that Christ performed to provoke and strengthen
the faith in Christ of those who read his gospel.
It is my prayer that as you read the Gospel of John and reflect on
both the miraculous and non-miraculous works of Christ you will put your faith in Him as
your Lord and Savior. He really is all that He claimed to be. The miracles are
signs that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father (John 10:38).
They are God the Fathers testimony to His Son, Jesus Christ.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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