January 2021 – James Nickols
James spoke to us about John and the Seven Signs
* Changing water into wine – 2:1-11
* Healing royal official son – 4:46-54
* Healing paralytic – 5:1-15
* Feeding 5000 – 6:1-14
* Walking on water – 6:15-24
* Healing blind man – 9:1-12
* Raising Lazarus – 11:38-44
The signs are to lead us to faith in Jesus. They point us to Jesus. They reveal Jesus and God’s power in Him.
Now Jesus performed many other miraculous signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
James then looked at the first sign.
The official had to travel some distance to see Jesus (about 20 miles).
*Identity of Jesus. Not just a good man, but is God incarnate. Everything Jesus did was with God’s power. The healing is a sign of the power of Jesus.
*Invitation of Jesus. Faith and healing. God’s desire to heal. Jesus invited the man on a journey of faith – Jesus’s initial brusque statement initiated this. The man ended up having faith when he left. From seeking a miraculous sign (48) he ended up having faith that his son would be healed (50)
*Implication of Jesus. Jesus is what the whole of humanity was designed to be before the fall. We go on a faith journey to release God’s blessing to others. Jesus did not just heal the boot. The man was healed in his spirit.
James also talked about a book by Neil Cole – “Rising Tides”. In the book we are encouraged to read the signs (one per week, reading it each day) and then ask:
* What does this story say to you about people?
* What does this story say to you about Jesus?
* What does this story say to you about yourself?
* Who needs to hear this story?