What does it say?

John 2 opens with the miracle of turning the water into wine at a marriage feast in Cana of Galilee. Jesus then visits the temple in Jerusalem and chases out those who were profiting personally by selling animals for sacrifice at elevated prices, having a monopoly, and exchanging money for the special currency used in temple offerings. He will cleanse the temple a second time toward the end of his ministry.

The encounter between Jesus and a key religious leader named Nicodemus is the subject of John 3, followed by a time in Judea baptizing with his disciples. John is also baptizing nearby and responds to questions about Jesus’ increasing popularity by again confirming his identification of Jesus as the promised Messiah.

The incredible story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well shows Jesus cutting through all religious arguments and revealing himself as the Christ that is to come. Arriving in Cana of Galilee, Jesus is met by a nobleman whose son was dying. Jesus speaks the word and heals his son without even personally going to him.

What does it mean?

So different from the other gospels, John’s razor-sharp focus reveals Jesus as God with us, the Savior. His purpose statement (20:30-31) says that Jesus did many signs and miracles, but that he includes a select sampling of signs with the intent to show that Jesus is indeed the Christ, the Son of God, and that  anyone believing in him might have eternal life through his name.

Not counting Christ’s resurrection itself, seven miracles appear in John, each illustrating a different aspect of Christ’s saving mission. The first miracle, the water turned into wine, illustrates the transformative nature of Christ’s work. Just as water became wine, an entirely different substance, Jesus wants to transform our lives into something new, not just offer us a religious self-reformation process. Jesus articulates this to Nicodemus as the need for a new, spiritual birth. The second miracle is healing the nobleman’s son on the basis of his faith in Christ’s word alone. Salvation is by grace through faith. This second miracle follows Jesus’ discussion with the Samaritan woman about worshipping God in spirit and in truth and having faith that he is the promised Christ.

How will I respond?

How does life picture the supernatural work of Jesus Christ? Can others see that my life is something completely new and different? Is my life characterized by simply believing what Jesus has spoken? Today I will ask God to show his truth to others by using my life as an example and that I will be ready to share my faith when asked.