9th August 2017

The Signs of Christ 

“Jesus performed many other 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 Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
John 20:30-31 (NIV UK)

The authors of the first three Gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke, were dead when John wrote his Gospel, so why did he write it? We find many things in his Gospel that are not in the other three, including the miracles he records and the footwashing at the Last Supper, yet he does not mention the bread and wine! John 20:30 says he records the signs that testify that Jesus was God and which help you believe to Eternal Life.

So how does the miracle, or sign, of water into wine, recorded in John 2, help you believe and have Eternal Life?

Reading John 17:3, Eternal Life is knowing God and Jesus, his son. This event helped those who witnessed it, and help us today, to know Jesus—to know his power, to know his abundant love and see that he cares about even the smallest things in our lives, like running out of wine at a wedding!

The bride and groom are not named or any other guests—this miracle was not public. The governor of the Feast was not told where the wine originated—only the disciples and the servants who filled the water jars knew. It was not proclaimed and the other Gospel writers do not even record it. Jesus told his mother that his hour had not yet come—this sign was for the benefit of the disciples. John 2:11 says it was done so they would believe.

The servants filled six large water jars, normally used for purification. Why not refill the original wine jugs? If they had, people might have said, “Oh, but they weren’t completely empty.” The water jars were filled to the brim and held, according to some sources, 80-120 litres each! That’s a lot of wine. It revealed Jesus’ glory by the amount and by the quality. The master of the banquet thought they had saved the best till last, and abundance is the way God deals with us—abundant love, abundant grace, and he came to give us life and life more abundantly (John 10:10).

We, too, can ponder this miracle, which like a ‘sign’post, points to Jesus the Messiah and our Saviour to eternal life.

Prayer
Help us, Father in heaven, to study the Bible and see the signs recorded there which lead us to believe and come to Jesus our Saviour who gives us eternal life through his blood.
Amen

Study by Nancy Silcox

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About the Author:
Nancy Silcox attends the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK. Nancy prepares and uploads the Day by Day studies submitted by members of the Worldwide Church of God UK/Grace Communion International.

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