The seven signs recounted in John's Gospel disclose some extremely important characteristics of Jesus' authority and demonstrate His divinity. Each sign not only points to Jesus, but also reveals aspects of His person.
There are seven signs in John's Gospel. They are stories that highlight different aspects of Jesus' identity and work. When read together, these signs reveal much about who He is and what He has done for us. I will discuss them in order.
First, Jesus performed the Sign of Moses (1:22-51). Jesus was well aware of the Jewish tradition that the greatest prophet of all time would appear after His death and provide a replacement for the Torah which had been given at Mount Sinai. So He performed a new sign, one that only He could do, and provided evidence of His deity.
Second, Jesus spoke of Himself as "I AM" (3:13). The Jews of Jesus' day used this phrase when introducing themselves or others. By using it here, Jesus was indicating that He was not a normal human being, but rather He was God who took on flesh.
Third, Jesus performed the Sign of Jonah (4:14-54).
One of the ways John built his Gospel is around seven signs (or miracles) done by our Lord. Here are a few passages that demonstrate this: This, the first of his signs (water turned to wine), was performed by Jesus at Cana in Galilee, revealing his grandeur. And his disciples had faith in him. (See John 2:11)
The second sign was performed after Jesus was crucified. He raised from the dead on the third day. The women who had been with Jesus during his trial saw the tomb and believed that he had been raised from the dead (see Matthew 28:9).
The third sign was when Jesus appeared to his disciples after he rose from the dead. They saw him, but some people who had made fun of Jesus went to prison as punishment for saying he was the Son of God (see Luke 24:10-12).
The fourth sign was when Jesus walked on water toward Peter. When Jesus came near Peter, Peter started out of fear toward him and fell down at his feet. Then Jesus helped him up. This was a sign that Jesus has the power to save those who believe in him.
The fifth sign was when Jesus calmed the sea. Many people thought they would never make it across the lake, but they were saved from drowning when Jesus rescued them. This is another sign that demonstrates Jesus can save anyone who believes in him.
What is the main point of the signs in the first part of John's Gospel? The book of signs demonstrates that Jesus is the messiah sent by God through seven chosen signs. These signs prove that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
The kingdom of heaven is like a man who has two sons. He goes to his business and leaves them with someone he trusts. Then he travels away for a long time. When he returns, what will he find? His children are getting along well without him. One son was working in the vineyard while the other was playing near the road. Both got married along the way, had children, bought houses, and ate their meals together as if nothing had happened. The traveling father found everything going according to plan without him.
The story tells us that the kingdom of heaven is like this. When Jesus comes into the world, he reveals the kingdom of God. But most people only see the signs that he does among others, not realizing that he is the sign itself. So the signs in the first part of John's Gospel show that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, sent by God the Father.
Jesus said: "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
There are seven indicators. Some academics and theologians regard the seven signs as proof of new creation theology in the Gospel of John, with the resurrection of Jesus being the inferred eighth sign, suggesting a week of creation followed by a new creation beginning with the resurrection. Other scholars see no connection between the two ideas.
The first sign is his exclamation: "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" (1:29). The second sign is his command to do not murder (8:7). The third sign is his declaration that the Spirit will come upon you (14:26). The fourth sign is his prediction of his death and resurrection (20:19). The fifth sign is his gift of the Holy Spirit (20:22). The sixth sign is his return in glory (21:25).
There are also several other signs mentioned in the Bible but not included among the seven signs of John's gospel because they are not indications of Christ's identity but rather prophecies or predictions about what would happen after his death and resurrection. For example, prophets spoke of the coming day of the Lord when Israel went into exile in Babylon (see Joel 1:15; Amaziah 3:10), and Paul said that he was an ambassador for Christ before kings (see Eph 6:20).
The majority of academics divide John's gospel into four sections: a prologue (1:1-18); a history of Jesus' career, known as the "Book of Signs" (1:19-12:50); an account of Jesus' final night with his disciples, as well as the passion and resurrection (13:1-20:31); and a conclusion (20:30–31). Other scholars group the material into five main sections: a prologue (1:1-18), a history of Jesus' ministry (1:19-12:50), an epilogue (12:51-13:21), a farewell discourse (13:22-16:33), and a prayer (16:34-17:26). Still others combine some of these subdivisions.
Prologue (1:1-18): This section opens with a greeting from Jesus' disciple John to his readers. It is then followed by an introduction about who this disciple is and why he has written this book. The prologue ends with a summary statement describing the purpose for which Jesus came into the world - to save sinners - followed by a command from Jesus for his disciples to spread this message to all nations.
Book of Signs (1:19-12:50): In this section of his gospel, John records many miracles that Jesus performed during his ministry. These signs or wonders were done to authenticate Jesus as the Messiah (i.e., "the Anointed One") and to convince his audience that he was sent by God.
The Gospel of John is distinct from the "synoptic Gospels" (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), so-called because of their content similarities. In general, the synoptics tell us what Jesus said and did, whereas John informs us who Jesus is. The Synoptics highlight Christ's signs and sayings, whereas John emphasizes Christ's identity. Finally, the Synoptics record many miracles, healings, and appearances after his death, but these events are recorded only in John.
In addition to being one of the four Gospels that make up the New Testament, the Johannine literature is also called the "Jesus Gospel" because it provides unique information about Jesus' life and teachings not found anywhere else.
For example, John includes stories about Jesus that aren't found in any of the other Gospels, such as: Jesus walking on water (Mark 6:50-52); feeding thousands of people with five loaves and two fish (6:30-44); his conversation with the Pharisees (8:15-21); his prediction of his own death (14:31); and his declaration that one of his disciples will betray him (10:18).