The purpose of the gospel of John is twofold: first, as to salvation, directing the ones seeking a relationship with God; and second, as to discipleship, instructing the true followers of Jesus in how to enjoy life in the truest sense. Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe[a] that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:30-31. Our study will look at seven signs in this book that direct our attention to Jesus and living life in a way that counts for eternity.
First we lay the foundation: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it. John 1:1-5.
- Jesus as God. This Word was Jesus, was equal to God, separate in Person, and came to earth as man. Fully God, fully man, able to both offer salvation in satisfaction to a Holy God, and die for the sins of man, to pay the price necessary for saving sinners, for redemption of those who, from the Garden of Eden forward, had sought a life separate from their Creator.
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. Hebrews 1:1-3.
- Jesus as both Life and Light. If in fact we live in a world marked by independence from God, and we do, and a world of darkness where Truth is obscured, and it is, then Jesus represents the way out – the source of True Life and Truth and light. By the life of Jesus, and the seven signs in this gospel, we see Jesus representing the eternal natuer of life and light.
12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12.
If our study in this book is productive, it will provide the path to truth joy and peace for one who considers it. Blessings to you as we go through this journey together.