Eight Miracles In The Gospel Of John

 Eight Miracles In The Gospel Of John  

 

  1. Water Into Wine John 2:1-11
  2. Healing the official’s son John 4:43-54.
  3. The Healing at the Pool of Bethesda John 5:1-9 
  4. The Feeding of the 5000 John 6:1-14.
  5. Walking on the Water (John 6:16-25).
  6. The Man Born Blind (John 9:1-41).
  7. Raising Lazarus From The Dead (John 11:1-44).
  8. Casting net into sea catching 153 fishes John 21: 

 

Isaiah Easton Bible Dictionary define a miracle as, “ Miraclean event in the external world brought about by the immediate agency or the simple volition of God, operating without the use of means capable of being discerned by the senses, and designed to authenticate the divine commission of a religious teacher and the truth of his message (John 2:18; Matt. 12:38). It is an occurrence at once above nature and above man. It shows the intervention of a power that is not limited by the laws either of matter or of mind, a power interrupting the fixed laws which govern their movements, a supernatural power.

Cambridge dictionary define it,”an unusual and mysterious event that is thought to have been caused by God. Merriam Webster define it Or an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs the healing miracles described in the Gospels, The Greek word is sémeion meaning, a sign (typically miraculous), given especially to confirm, corroborate or authenticate.

In Luke 4;16-19 Where Jesus declared from the prophet from Isaiah, ?The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me[a]to proclaim freedom[ to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed,19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. 

Water Into Wine

 John 2; 1-11 Jesus, His disciples and His mother were invited to a wedding in Cana In Galilee. A typical Jewish wedding would last a week, where much wine, and food was served.  To fail in proper hospitality was a serious offense. 

When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”  And Jesus said to her, “Woman {a respectful term}(Mary had to recognize Him not so much as a son that she raised but as the promised Messiah and Son of God) what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” {meaning; Disclosure of his messianic identity, which is climatically realized in his submission to death on a cross”} His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” {Mary Identify Jesus as the Messiah the son of God} 

Than ask for the servant to fill up six stone water jars about 20 or 30 gallons per jar. Than ask them to take it to chief servant.  When the chief servant tasted the water (after it had become wine), he did not know where it came from—though the servants who had drawn the water knew. He called the groom and told him, “Everyone sets out the fine wine first, then, after people have drunk freely, the inferior. Than the disciples believe because he changed the water into wine this was Jesus first sign displaying His grace 

Cynddylan Jones wrote Moses’ first miracle was to turn water into blood; there was a severe destructive element in it. But, Christ’s first miracle was to turn water into wine; there was a soothing, solacing element in it. 

Matthew Henry commentary,” The beginning of Moses’s miracles was turning water into blood (Ex. 4:9; 7:20), the beginning of Christ’s miracles was turning water into wine; which intimates the difference between the law of Moses and the gospel of Christ. The curse of the law turns water into blood, common comforts into bitterness, and terror; the blessing of the gospel turns water into wine.”

Jesus displayed that He was true Messiah Jesus Christ offers the best Himself by providing His body and His blood as means of atoning mankind from theirs sins. Displaying grace which brought mankind hope. Where Ten Commandments fear and judgment and no hope. Because He displayed His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.   

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https://gracethrufaith.com/topical-studies/spiritual-life/the-seven-miracles-in-john/ 

http://biblehub.com/greek/4592.htm 

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miracle

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/miracle

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marriage_at_Cana 

 

Healing The Official’s Son 

 

John 4:43-54. After two days, Jesus left Samaria where He return to Galilee where was earlier. Jesus and His disciples went to Cana where He changed the water and wine. There was a certain royal official whose son who was ill at Capernaum.  When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and pleaded with Him to come down and heal his son, for he was ready to die. Matthew Henry Commentary, Yet there was infirmity in his faith; he believed that Christ could heal his son, but, as it should seem, he thought he could not heal him at a distance, and therefore he besought him that he would come down and heal him.

Jesus mildly rebuke him and the people, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” The official pleaded with Him, “come down before my boy dies!” Jesus declares to the official,“ Your son will live,” and he believe {pisteuw have faith} Him and departed.

The official he met his slave told him son was healed. Than he asked them at what time he got better.  “Yesterday at seven in the morning [the fever left him.” He realized this was the very hour at which Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.”

Confirming when Jesus performed healing was immediately not gradual. Then he himself believed {pisteuw} along with his whole household. {believe Jesus was Son of God.} John Calvin Commentary penned these words,” Thus not only does he now believe that his son will be cured through the kindness of Christ, but he acknowledges Christ to be the Son of God, and makes a profession of faith in his Gospel. His whole family joins him, which was an evidence of the miracle; nor can it be doubted that he did his utmost to bring others along with him to embrace the Christian religion. This, therefore, was the second sign Jesus performed after He came from Judea to Galilee.” KJV Bible Commentary wrote; This was the second miracle in Cana. The first miracle of turning the water into wine showed His power over the physical universe, and His disciples believed. The second miracle proved that Christ’s power was not limited by a distance of sixteen miles, and the entire house of the nobleman believed. Both miracles produced belief and life.

This should encourage all Christians in their prayer life. We have a mighty God who hears our requests and who is able to work out His purposes in any part of the world at any time.

 Jesus performed miracles to confirmed that he was the Son Of God. Later the Apostles perform as a tool to declare the gospel.  

https://gracethrufaith.com/topical-studies/spiritual-life/the-seven-miracles-in-john/ 

http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/go-your-son-will-live

http://www.godrules.net/library/kjvstrongs/kjvstrongsjoh4.htm  

 

The Healing At The Pool of Bethesda

 

John 5 Jesus went to Jerusalem by the sheep gate, and there was pool called Bethesda meaning; house of mercy, or the flowing water. Where there was two swimming bathes between five porches.  Within these lay many of the sick—blind, lame, and paralyzed—waiting for the moving of the water, because an angel would go down into the pool from time to time and stir up the water. Then the first one who got in after the water was stirred up recovered from whatever ailment they had. There was a man who had been for 38 years wasn’t able enter pool resulting from condition. Jesus asks do want to get well? 

Than Jesus commanded him to pick up his mat walk! The healing happened on the Sabbath. According Old Testament where the Law of Moses decreed that one who broke the Sabbath should be stoned to death. Found in Exodus 31:15 However, it does not mean that should not be compassionate to those who are in need for example healing the sick on the Sabbath.  What means it a day of rest from your labour? 

So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “This is the Sabbath! It’s illegal for you to pick up your mat.” He replied, “The man who made me well-told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’” Than they asked him who cured him; however, he did not know, Believer Bible Commentary,” The Law of Moses decreed that one who broke the Sabbath should be stoned to death. The Jews cared little that a paralytic had been healed. This incident marks one of the great turning points in the public ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. Because He performed this miracle on the Sabbath, He stirred up the anger and hatred of the Jewish leaders. They began to pursue Him and to seek His life.”

Later on Jesus found the man in the temple complex, and warned him. “See, you are well. Do not sin anymore, so that something worse doesn’t happen to you.”

The man went and reported to the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. There was not any ill will on his part he simply honouring Jesus healing crippling diseases, and was unaware Jewish leader intention of killing Jesus. This record incident where the Jews began to persecuted Jesus [because He was healing the sick on the Sabbath.   

John Calvin wrote, “The man went away. Nothing was farther from his intention than to make Christ an object of their hatred, and nothing was farther from his expectation than that they would rage so furiously against Christ. His intention, therefore, was worthy; for he wished to render to his Physician the honor which was justly owed to him. The Jews, on the other hand, show their venom, not only in accusing Christ of having violated the Sabbath, but in breaking out into extreme cruelty. John 5; 16; In short the Scribes and Pharisee began to persecute Jesus and started planing have He kill because He violated Sabbath and theirs man made rules. Because Jesus disregarded the oral law of the Jews that had developed, i.e., “the traditions of men” (cf. also Matt. 15:1–9 

 

The Feeding of the 5000 

 

John 6;1-14 When Jesus crossed, the Sea of Galilee or Tiberias named after a Caesar. A huge crowd was following Him because He performed many miracles and healed the sick. So Jesus went up a mountain and sat down and began to teach and healed the sick.     

He asked Philip, “Where will we buy bread so these people can eat?” He asked this to test him, for He Himself knew what He was going to do. Philip answered, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread wouldn’t be enough for each of them to have a little.”

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Jesus  “There’s a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish—but what are they for so many?”

The men numbered about 5,000. Then Jesus took the loaves, and after giving thanks He asks His disciples to distributed to those who were seated. 

When they were full, He told His disciples, “Collect the leftovers so that nothing is wasted.”  So they collected them and filled baskets with the pieces from the five barley loaves that were left over by those who had eaten.

 When the people saw the sign He had done, they said, This really is the Prophet who was to come into the world!”  Therefore, when Jesus knew that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He withdrew to the mountain by Himself. For hour not arrived.  This four miracles Jesus performed.

Griffith Thomas has reminded us that in this story we have a beautiful picture of: (a) the perishing world; (b) the powerless disciples; (c) the perfect Savior. This miracle involved a true act of creation. No mere man could take five loaves and two small fish and expand them in such a way as to feed so many people as this. It has been well said, “ ‘Twas springtime when He blessed the bread, ’twas harvest when He brake.” And it is also true, “Loaves unblessed are loaves unmultiplied.” 

Our Lord Jesus is teaching us that He is the Bread of Life and uses His chosen gospel preachers to distribute that truth to His people. That which is not possible with mere men, is always possible with the Son of God !!

Jesus has just been offered the crown, but without the cross. He’s fed the 5,000 and sent them away, now He sends the disciples ahead of him to Bethsaida, and He stays behind to pray. 

 

https://www.gotquestions.org/feeding-the-5000.html

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https://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/the-feeding-of-the-five-thousand-alan-perkins-sermon-on-miracles-of-jesus-34977 

http://www.dabhand.org/Essays/NT511%20Feeding.htm

http://www.truthforchildren.net/images/pdf/John6_FeedingFiveThousand.pdf 

 

Walking On Water

John 6;16-21; After Jesus fed the multitudes, He immediately dismissed His disciples to travel to Capernaum. The disciples  got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. Darkness had already set in, but Jesus had not yet come to them, because He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.

 Then a high wind arose, and the sea began to churn. After they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea.When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea; they were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they said, and cried out in fear. But, He said to them, “It is I {meaning I am the God of the past, present and future}. Don’t be afraid!” He is identifying himself to them as the one who can walk on the water; i.e., God.  Then, they were willing to take Him on board, and at once the wind ceased, and the boat was at the shore where they were heading.  Then those in the boat worshiped Him and said, “Truly You are the Son of God!” This is the fifth sign in John’s gospel. That Jesus is the Messiah and Son of God (20:30, 31). The miracle demonstrates Jesus’ deity by His sovereignty over the laws of nature.

 

 

http://www.trusting-in-jesus.com/Jesus-Walks-on-Water.html

https://www.gotquestions.org/walking-on-water.html 

 

 The Man Born Blind 

John 9:1-41 As Jesus went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?  “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.   6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.  “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and he was able see instantly.  

His neighbors and those who had  seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?”  Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, the former blind beggar insisted that he was the man. They brought him to the Pharisee they ask same question.

“How then were your eyes opened?” they asked. He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I able to see.  

Some of the Jews leader did not believe him, and suspected the whole situation was a charade, that this man was never blind. So they summoned the man’s parents to testify about his condition. The parents declared that he was their son, and he was born blind.   But his new sight is a complete mystery to us! We do not know the man who opened his eyes. Why don’t you ask our son? He is old enough to speak for himself. 

John MacArthur wrote,”This section in the story of the healing of the blind man reveals some key characteristics of willful unbelief: 1) unbelief sets false standards; 2) unbelief always wants more evidence but never has enough; 3) unbelief does biased research on a purely subjective basis; 4) unbelief rejects the facts; and 5) unbelief is self-centered. John included this section on the dialogue of the Pharisees with the blind man most likely for two reasons: 1) the dialogue carefully demonstrates the character of willful and fixed unbelief, and 2) the story confirms the first great schism between the synagogue and Christ’s new followers. The blind man was the first known person thrown out of the synagogue because he chose to follow Christ

 

The Pharisee ask the blind man again how did he received his eye sight. The blind man responded, “I’ve already answered all these questions, and you don’t like my answers.   

The Pharisee responded,” You’re one of His followers, but we follow Moses. We have confidence that God spoke to Moses, but this man you speak of is a mystery; we don’t even know where He comes from. 

The beggar told them.“  Isn’t it ironic that you, our religious leaders, don’t even know where He comes from; yet He gave me sight! We know that God does not listen to sinners, but He does respond and work through those who worship Him and do His will.  No one has ever heard of someone opening the eyes of any person blind from birth.  This man must come from God; otherwise, this miracle would not be possible. Only God can do such things.  The Pharisee later admitted Jesus many miracles, yet they despise Him 

  You were born under a cloud of sin. How can you, of all people, lecture us? The religious leaders banished him from their presence. Jesus heard what had happened and sought out the man.   

   Warren Wiersbe wrote these words, “Four times in this chapter people asked, “How were you healed?” (John 9:10, 15, 19, 26). First, the neighbors asked the man, and then the Pharisees asked him. Not satisfied with his reply, the Pharisees then asked the man’s parents and then gave the son one final interrogation. In short this beggar was was born blind.

Despite the testimony of the man and his parents, that man was born blind. Yet, they were not interest seeking the truth only accusing Jesus violating the Sabbath. They came to the decision that Jesus did not come from God because He healed many people on the Sabbath and violated one of their precious man made Sabbath rules. It not the biblical mandate; for example, in Deuteronomy 22; 4, If you see your donkey or ox fallen down on the road, you must not ignore it; you must help him lift it up.  Or Jesus stated  in Luke 14; 5 Which of you whose son or ox falls into a well, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” While Sabbath is a day rest from your labourer is does not mean you ignore someone in need or animal. The moral compensate responsibilities is to help the person or animal in need.  

   Yet, there were many miracles Jesus performed prior and after this event occurred. In which the Pharisees heard about. However, they were more concerned about their honor, prestiges,  and their man-made traditions instead honouring God. The miracles and healing that took place, before eyes. That the people living under bondage were set free   . Warren Wiersbe wrote,” All of this looked very official and efficient, but it was really a most evasive maneuver on the part of both the people and the leaders. The Pharisees wanted to get rid of the evidence, and the people were afraid to speak the truth!” 

 When Jesus heard about this, He came alongside and comfort him and told him that he was the Messiah meaning expected deliverer or someone’s who would redeemed mankind from their sins. 

 

Raising Lazarus From The Dead

The chapter can be divided as follows: 1) the preparation for the miracle. 1–16); 2) the arrival of Jesus (vv. 17–37); 3) the miracle itself. 38–44); and 4) the results of the miracle. 45–57). 

 (John 11:1-44: Lazarus from Bethany meaning {house of fig}. Suddenly became very sick the sister of Martha and Mary. Reported it to Jesus and He stayed for extra days, Finally Jesus told His disciples Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” {meaning Lazarus was dead.} For your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him. Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.  But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” But Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again. Martha said to Him, “Yes, Lord;  believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God who is coming into the world.” 

When Jesus arrived at  Lazarus tomb, a stone lay against a cave. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odour, for he has been dead four days.”  Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. 

And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this ion account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.”  When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen stripped, and his face wrapped with a cloth. 

Calvin wrote ,” The Evangelist passes on to another narrative, which contains a miracle eminently worthy of being recorded. For not only did Christ give a remarkable proof of his Divine power in raising Lazarus, but he likewise placed before our eyes a lively image of our future resurrection.”

John MacArthur This was a preview of the power to be fully displayed in the final resurrection when all the dead hear the voice of the Son of God and live.

 Therefore, many of the Jews who came to Mary and saw what He did believed in Him. But, some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.

John MacArthur wrote Instead of recognizing God’s hand in Lazarus’s resurrection; the chief priests plotted to kill both Jesus and Lazarus. Found in John 11;47 and John 12; 10 11

 

The chapter can be divided as follows: 1) the preparation for the miracle. 1–16); 2) the arrival of Jesus. 17–37); 3) the miracle itself. 38–44); and 4) the results of the miracle. 45–57). 

John’s gospel changes from hatred and rejection (10:39) to an unmistakable and blessed witness of the glory of Christ. All the rejection and hatred could not dim His glory as displayed through the resurrection of Lazarus. That miracle evidences His glory in 3 ways: 1) it pointed to His deity; 2) it strengthened the faith of the disciples; and 3) it led directly to the cross (12:23).  sus and He stayed for extra days, Finally Jesus told His disciples Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” {meaning Lazarus was dead.} For your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him. Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.  But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” But, Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again. Martha said to Him, “Yes, Lord;  believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God who is coming into the world.” 

When Jesus arrived at Lazarus tomb a cave, with a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odour, for he has been dead four days.”  Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. 

And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this ion account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.”  When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen stripped, and his face wrapped with a cloth. 

Calvin wrote ,”The Evangelist passes on to another narrative, which contains a miracle eminently worthy of being recorded. For not only did Christ give a remarkable proof of his Divine power in raising Lazarus, but he likewise placed before our eyes a lively image of our future resurrection.”

John MacArthur This was a preview of the power to be fully displayed in the final resurrection when all the dead hear the voice of the Son of God and live.

 Therefore, many of the Jews who came to Mary and saw what He did believed in Him. But, some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.

John MacArthur wrote Instead of recognizing God’s hand in Lazarus’s resurrection; the chief priests plotted to kill both Jesus and Lazarus. Found in John 11; 47 and John 12; 10 11

 

Casting Net Into Sea Catching 153 Fishes 

 

John 21:1-14.The eighth sign in chapter 21 may now occupy us briefly. The third time in which our Lord showed Himself to His disciples, after He was risen from the dead, afforded the occasion. The disciples— the true remnant of Israel— during the night of His absence had caught nothing in their fishing. Acting on the instructions of their risen Lord, casting their net into the sea at His behest, they netted such a haul that they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fishes — 153 great fishes. The net, for all there were so many, did not break, unlike the occasion at the beginning of their history with the Lord, as recorded in Luke 5; 10-11.

It’s a remainder that Jesus is a man of His word and kept His promise even thou disciples fled from Him in His hour of need. Failure on the disciple’s part or God’s peoples part does not nullify any of God’s blessing or promises or working in His kingdom, often it becomes an asset or blessing to others who failed God. As scripture declares, “You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result—the survival of many people.”  The disciples were about embark on journey where they promote the Christ atoning work on the cross in which it would change the world   

This occurrence was would suggest the service they shall yet perform in casting the net of the Gospel of the Kingdom into the sea of nations. As Jesus declared, Go, therefore, and make disciples of [f] all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. But, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends [b] of the earth. 

 

Summary

1.Changing water into wine displaying His glory, and His disciples believed in Him. 

2.Healing of the official son displaying His power from a distant. Then, the official himself believed, along with his whole household. 

3. The healing of the cripple on the Sabbath the Jews began persecuting Jesus [e] because He was doing these things on the Sabbath. 

4. The feeding of the 5,000 the people realize that Jesus was Prophet foretold by Moses found in  Deuteronomy 18:15, and try to force to be king however, Jesus with drew from the crowd because his hour is arrived

5.Jesus walk on water and still the storm, His disciples became to  Him and said, “Truly You are the Son of God!”

6.The healing of the beggar born blind on the Sabbath. The blind toss from the temple because he testify that Jesus came from God, and became follower of Christ because he believed Jesus was the messiah

7. Raising of Lazarus from the dead displaying Jesus power over death. Ensuring those who trust in his atoning work on the cross will have victory over death. The Jewish leader was now plotting the death of Jesus and Lazasus not realizing his death would bridge the gap between mankind and His Father 

8.Casting net into the sea catching 153 large fishes a reminder of the mandate to be fisher of men and gather the harvest

 

https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1924 

http://www.trusting-in-jesus.com/Lazarus.html

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2014/05/05/jesus-raises-lazarus-bible-story-summary-lessons-and-study/

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