We see Jesus doing many miracles throughout the Gospel of John. What was the purpose for these miracles? Were they to only benefit the specific people they were towards? What did these miracles say about Jesus?
We will see Jesus turn water to wine, heal a sick boy, heal a lame man, feeding a multitude, heal a blind man, raise a man from death to life, and His own resurrection among other miracles. Each of these miracles are pointing to something specific about who Jesus is as the Messiah, His authority, His oneness with the Father and Spirit, and that He is the eternal Word of God. He was not just a mere miracle worker.
Although there were many physical healings, these pointed to spiritual realities. For example, in John Chapter 9 we see the man who was blind from birth healed. We know from the text that he is an adult and that he didn’t simply lose his sight, but was born without it. He has lived his entire life without sight. Jesus applies mud to his eyes and tells him to wash them. The man obeyed and was made able to see. Jesus created sight. Jesus explained in 9:3 that the man was born blind in order to display the works of God. The man confesses Jesus as the Son of Man in verse 38. Then in verse 39, Jesus points to the spiritual reality-
“Jesus said, ‘For judgement I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.’ John 9:39
While these specific people needed to be physically healed, their souls needed healing even more. Jesus not only gave physical sight to the blind man, He gave him spiritual sight as well. The man believed. Jesus gives us spiritual sight to see that He is our Savior and Redeemer.
May we reflect on these miracles and the spiritual realities they point to. After reading about each miracle, ask yourself what this is saying about who Jesus is. May we see Jesus not as a mere miracle worker, but the Savior. This brings us back to the verses about the purpose of the Gospel of John.
“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:30-31
Post by Peggy Starling