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The Miracles in John: Lesson 1: Introduction

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Sermon shared by Elmer Towns

September 2005
Summary: THE EIGHT MIRACLES OF JOHN
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
A. Why are there four gospels? To tell a complete story of Jesus.
B. Why does Mark have the most miracles? To show a powerful servant.
C. Why does John have the fewest miracles? Each has an
explanation.
D. John is a Jewish mystic who uses ¡§7¡¨ in his writings. There are ¡§7¡¨ miracles in John plus ¡§1¡¨.
¡§7¡¨ is God¡¦s favorite number - Perfection. ¡§8¡¨ is the number of new beginnings or the Holy Spirit.

THE EIGHT MIRACLES OF JOHN
1. Turned water to wine, Ch. 2, Jesus the Creator.
2. Healed the politician’s son, Ch. 4, Jesus the Healer.
3. Healed the lame man at Bethesda, Ch. 5, Jesus is God.
4. Fed 5,000 men, Ch. 6, Jesus the Bread of Life.
5. Jesus walks on water, Ch. 6, Jesus is Lord over Nature.
6. Healed the man born blind, Ch. 9, Jesus the Light of the World.
7. Raised Lazarus from the dead, Ch. 11, Jesus the Resurrection and life.
8. The miraculous catch of 153 fish, Ch. 21, Jesus the Provider.
E. How many recorded miracles did Jesus perform? 37. How many total? Some say 50, others say 5,000. ¡§Many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that will be
written¡¨ (John 21:25).
F. Why did Jesus do miracles?
1. To demonstrate His compassion. ¡§He was moved with
compassion for them, and healed their sick¡¨ (Matt. 14:14).
2. To demonstrate His deity. ¡§These who were in the boat came and worshipped Him, saying, ¡¥Truly You are the Son of God¡¦¡¨ (Matt. 14:33).
3. To fulfill prophecy. ¡§Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, ¡¥This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world¡¦¡¨ (John 6:14).
4. To alleviate pain and suffering. ¡§Be healed of your affliction¡¨ (Mark 5:34).
5. To produce belief and eternal life. ¡§These (signs) were written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name¡¨ (John 2:31).
G. What do Jesus¡¦ miracles tell us?
1. Miracles point to a spiritual truth that demands our obedient faith. (John 2:11, 23-25).
2. Miracles indicate God¡¦s salvation was present (Luke 7:11-15).
3. Jesus¡¦ miracles targeted the most unlikely candidate, i.e., lame, blind, deaf, lepers, and the dead.
4. Jesus¡¦ miracles were not theatrical sensationalism but led to faith.
5. Jesus expected His disciples to do miracles and rebuked them for their ¡§little faith¡¨ (Matt. 17:20).
6. Jesus¡¦ miracles led regularly to opposition by Jewish leaders (Matt. 9:2-7).
7. Since Jesus is God, we expect Him to do the miraculous.
H. The different words for miracles.
1. Miracles. God¡¦s inherent power, i.e., of supernatural origin and could not be produced by humans. ¡§A miracle is the interference with nature by a supernatural power.¡¨ ¡VC. S. Lewis
2. Wonders. Something strange causing the beholder to marvel, i.e., a divine operation. A sign appeals to your understanding, a wonder appeals to your imagination (John 4:48).
3. Power. A demonstration of God¡¦s ability, force or strength. ¡§Power to heal sickness¡¨ (Mark 3:15).
4. Sign. A mark or token that distinguishes Jesus from others. A sign pointed to the meaning of the message of the miracle.
Miracles followed by a message.
I. What can I learn from these miracles?
1. I will be judged if I reject them. ¡§How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation . . . God bearing witness
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