Gospel of John – Lesson Four – John 2 – Water, Wine and Miracles

This article is part 4 of 6 in the series The Gospel Of John

We now come to the beginning of the miracles of Jesus in John’s book. Whether it be changing water into wine (2) or healing the man at the pool (5) or raising Lazarus from the dead (11), miracles are troubling for many, while amazing and faith building to others.
1. What is a “miracle anyway?” What was/is their purpose? Do miracles occur today? ______________________________________________________________________

*  “The Greek word for miracle that John uses is “simaios” which means “sign.” Miracles are thus “signs,” and like all signs, they are never about themselves, they are about whatever they are pointing toward. Miracles point to something beyond themselves. But to what? To God Himself. That’s the point of miracles – to point us beyond our world to another world.” (“Miracles” by Eric Metaxis,)

2. John records miracles that point beyond the “miracle” to Jesus. “… these are written that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God… and have life…” (20:30-31) So what is the “END GAME” of miracles? ___________________________
3. What about Old Testament miracles? (Plagues, parting the Red Sea.) To whom do these miracles point and what was their purpose? ______________________________________________________________________
4.Do miracles contradict Science? (Or is science just not as advanced as God’s power?) _______________________________________________________________
5. Do miracles still happen? Give an example! What did/do they point to? Who should always get the glory? ____________________________________________________
6. If miracles do NOT happen now, then what effect does this have on prayer? Are we wrong or naïve in praying for God’s “interruption” in our lives?” Are “answers to prayer” just a matter of “good luck?” Is “Providence” miraculous intervention? ______________________________________________________________________
7. What was the purpose of miracles in the early church where some had the gifts of healing as well as other gifts FROM the Spirit. (I Cor. 12:9-10). ______________________________________________________________________
8. (John 2) Why would this miracle where Jesus turns water into wine be important to the readers/ recipients of this book since John wrote with a particular purpose in mind? ______________________________________________________________________
9. What do we learn from this wine-making miracle? ______________________________________________________________________
10. What are some things you learn from John chapter 2 which might build your faith?
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