The Seven Signs in John

John wrote a theological gospel, emphasizing the divinity of Jesus Christ more than the other gospel writers. Interestingly, he does not use the word “miracle” to describe miracles in his book, but rather he uses the word “signs.” Signs are events that point to a greater spiritual truth. The signs were miracles that pointed to something (or someone) greater, the significance of the miracle.

The 7 Signs Prove His Deity

  1. Power over chemical processes of nature, John 2:1-11 (turning water into wine). Manifesting his glory is another way to say they got a glimpse of his deity.
  2. Power over distance, John 4:46-54 (healing a nobleman’s son).
  3. Power over the ravages of time, John 5:1-10 (healing the lame man at Bethesda).
  4. Power to sufficiently supply or meet human needs, John 6:1-15 (feeding the 5000).
  5. Power over the forces of nature, John 6:16-21 (walking on the water).
  6. Power to change human destiny or misfortune, John 9:1-12 (healing the man born blind).
  7. Power over man’s last and relentless enemy, death, John 11:1-45 (raising Lazarus).

[Based on my classes with Richard D. Leineweber, Jr. c. 2000]

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