In the build up to our 7th sign in John's account of Jesus' life, one of Jesus' friends is ill. Jesus doesn't heal him. After his death Jesus encounters the two grieving sisters in startlingly different ways. We ask, "why doesn't Jesus always come through?", "does He even care?" and "what hope is there for me now?"
Sola speaks about the healing of the man born blind, he looks at this 6th sign of Jesus through the eyes of Jesus, the eyes of the one who is healed and the eyes of the disciples. He talks about the significance of the healing and how it impacted the way the Jewish people approached Jesus. He focuses on Jesus, how in the midst of a busy world He still has time to stop and see us! He notices us.
For the sixth sign recorded in the Gospel of John, Jesus encounters a man who had been blind since he was born. The disciples get distracted from their mission to do God’s work, but Jesus is hugely clear on what He’s meant to do on earth. Our job as disciples is to bring light to the spiritually blind and Jesus demonstrates this by bringing physical sight to a blind man, as well as his salvation.
In the feeding of the 5000 Jesus was showing the people that he didn't come primarily to meet a physical or material need, but a spiritual one. The miracle is a sign, pointing to himself, The Bread that satisfies our Soul.
The 3rd sign of Christ in the book of John, we see Jesus choosing to heal on the Sabbath. From this moment and from the way people react to this situation, what do we learn about ourselves, and who Jesus is? How might we respond to this?
Jesus' mother told the wedding servants "do whatever He tells you." A quiet miracle that initially only the servants and His disciples knew about, Jesus' first public miracle was turning water into wine at a wedding. Who do we turn to for help?
Do you believe that Jesus can and will transform your life? As we look at a gospel that is written with the purpose that we might believe, the story of Jesus turning water into wine challenges us to increase our belief that Jesus is a transformer.