By Don Ruhl
What does a sign do? It does not draw attention to itself, but to something else.
John wrote down signs that pointed to Jesus Christ. The first words of John show that he would present Jesus in a different way than the other Gospels.
Similarities exist between John and the other three Gospel accounts, but many unique features appear in John. Most of the material in John appears only in John.
The other Gospels show Jesus traveling to Jerusalem perhaps one time, but John shows Jesus going there often.
John recorded no parables.
Before John showed the story of Jesus, the apostle gave a prologue, a word before the story (John 1.1–18). In the prologue, John made a connection with the first chapter of Genesis. John showed Jesus to be God. John also showed Jesus to be a Man.
John revealed at the end, why he recorded signs (20.30, 31). In the first half of his record, John showed signs Jesus performed:
- 2.1–11 Water to wine
- 4.46–54 Healing a nobleman’s son
- 5.2–9 Healing a paralytic
- 6.1–14 Feeding five thousand men
- 6.16–21 Walking on water
- 9.1–7 Healing a blind man
- 11.38–44 Raising a man from the dead
How did these signs show Him to be the Son of God? Nicodemus said it best, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him” (John 3.2).
Only John recorded the “I am” sayings of Jesus:
- I Am the Bread of life (6.35)
- I Am the Light of the World (8.12; 9.5)
- I Am the Door of the Sheep (10.7)
- I Am the Good Shepherd (10.11)
- I Am the Resurrection and the Life (11.25)
- I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life (14.6)
- I Am the True Vine (15.1)
- Sermon: Jesus and the Fiery Serpent, John 3.13 – 21 (grantspasschurchofchrist.com)
- The Bible In Our World (Part 25) (thebiblemeditator.wordpress.com)
- The Bible In Our World (Part 26) (thebiblemeditator.wordpress.com)