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SIGN-ificant: Miracles in John's Gospel | by Kevin Meyer

Updated: Nov 11, 2019

"Do not walk on water." This sign was posted next to the pond at Trinity Divinity School where I received my Masters of Divinity degree. Every student was expected to practice works of divinity like walking on water, but not on the campus pond. Just kidding. Yes, there actually was a sign. No, students were not expected to practice works of divinity. But maybe they should have?


After three years of working side by side with Jesus, being trained not only to know what Jesus knows and teach what Jesus teaches, the disciples were sent out two by two to do what Jesus did. The night before Jesus was crucified Philip asked, "Show us the Father." Jesus says, "Believe me when I say that I am in the Father the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves." Catch this: the disciples are asking this after three years of being with Jesus.


What Jesus says next is surprising. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. you may ask me anything in my name, and I will do it. -John 14:9-14 Simply, Jesus says, if you want to see God my Father, believe me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. Jesus then makes a promise adding weight to his words with this little statement: I tell you the truth. I am not kidding. I mean this. What I am about to tell you, you can bank on it. Place your faith in me and you will do what I have been doing. What's more, you'll do even greater things than these because I am going to my Father, believe me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. Jesus then makes a promise adding weight to his words with this little statement: I tell you the truth. I am not kidding. I mean this. What I am about to tell you, you can bank on it. Place your faith in me and you will do what I have been doing. What's more, you'll do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father. Like I said earlier, maybe as a Divinity student we should have been learning to do the things Jesus did.


Note that doing what Jesus is doing is stated in the context of miracles. Jesus doesn't put limits on what we can do or what we can ask for in His name. Also note, these greater things have a purpose: that the Son may bring glory to the Father. They are signs pointing people to God's love, goodness and glory as they place their faith in Jesus.


In John's Gospel, there are only seven miraculous accounts. John calls them 'signs' because they are 'sign-ificant.' Like a road sign that points to an upcoming city, these signs performed by Jesus reveal the Father. Jesus says, Trust in God; trust also in me. - John 14:1 Jesus is "the sign" of God, His Word made flesh. Look at Jesus and see your Heavenly Father. We are called to be signs pointing others to Jesus. Our lives, our good works prompted by the Spirit and even our prayers for Jesus to do the miraculous through us for others are mere road signs to the world to trust in God and to trust in Jesus.


Pray with me, will you? Jesus, glorify Your Father in and through us as we serve those you have placed around us. Reveal Your goodness and power through signs, wonders and miracles so that all would see You for who You truly are. You are far more capable to save us than anything else we may put our trust in. All things are possible with God. - Mark 10:27.


Join us for the upcoming series, Sign-ificant; Miracles in John's Gospel. Learn to be a sign who points others to The Sign, Jesus. Glory to God our Father.

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