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Jesus’ Signs and Your Faith

17. January 2018

Columns, Learn & Live,

  —Dennis J. Prutow

John gives the purpose of his Gospel here: “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 20:30–31). John’s objective is to engender faith in those who read his Gospel account so that they will have eternal life. Therefore, John sets forth a series of signs performed by Jesus as the basis for their faith in Him.

This Gospel has two large sections between the prologue, chapter 1, and the epilogue, chapter 21. Chapters 2–11 feature seven signs. In John 2:1–11, Jesus turns water into wine. Verse 11 says, “This, the first of His signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested His glory. And His disciples believed in Him.” Next, Jesus heals the nobleman’s son (John 4:46–54). Verse 54 declares, “This was now the second sign that Jesus did when He had come from Judea to Galilee.”

Jesus now goes to Jerusalem and heals a paralytic at the pool of Bethesda (John 5:2–9). The pool is north of the temple, and the miracle occurs on the Sabbath. As a result, the Jews are indignant. “The Jews were saying to the man who was cured, ‘It is the Sabbath, and it is not permissible for you to carry your pallet.’ But he answered them, ‘He who made me well was the one who said to me, “Pick up your pallet and walk”’” (John ...

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