John’s book is divided into two main sections, not counting the prologue and epilogue. First, there’s the “Book of Signs,” followed by the “Book of Glory.” We started the Book of Signs yesterday and will wrap it up with today’s reading.
Today, we’ll read pages 382-395 from John.
So why is this section called the Book of Signs? Because in it, John records seven miraculous signs. (John had a thing for the number seven.) Each miracle reveals something important about Jesus’ identity.
Jesus turns water in to wine and walks on water. He multiplies bread for a hungry crowd. He restores a blind man’s sight, allowing light to shine where none had shone before. He restores health to two different people and restores life itself to Lazarus.
So it’s no coincidence that in this very same section, Jesus refers to himself as…
- Living water
- The bread of life
- The light of the world
- The resurrection and the life
For John, these were more than just nice stories. The seven signs prove that Jesus is all of the above and then some.
Pages 382 – 395 from John
After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him. But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him.
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