Jesus – God’s Son – Part 1


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. – John 1:1-5.

“In the beginning was the Word.” As he begins his Gospel, John echoes the opening words of the book of Genesis. The “Word” of God is eternal and has always been at work. It is the Word that created the universe and communicated God’s will. Now this Word has become a human being, to reveal God’s character and show God’s love. Jesus is the Word of God, who comes to share our human life.

John tells us that Jesus is the Living Word, eternal and divine. It was through Jesus that everything was created. Jesus is the source of life and light for all people everywhere.

John then tells us something quite extraordinary. The eternal Word of God, the agent of creation, actually becomes a human being. He becomes flesh—that is, He takes our human nature, with all its wayward appetites and frailties. John says that Jesus made His dwelling or pitched His tent among us—just as God had camped with His people in the tent of meeting during their wilderness wanderings (John 1:14).

John and the other disciples have seen the glory of God in the life of Jesus. He revealed His glory in the signs He performed; showing He does the work of the Father, but it is also seen in His obedience to His Father and His sacrificial love for the world. Centuries before, Moses realized that God is “compassionate and gracious . . . abounding in love and faithfulness” (Exodus 34:6 NIV). Now we discover that God’s Son is “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). God is Spirit, thus invisible, but Jesus shows Him to us perfectly.

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The first part of the Gospel tells of the great signs that Jesus performs. By these signs (the other Gospels would call them miracles) Jesus shows that He is truly the Son of God. His signs, point directly to the Father.

The First Sign: Jesus Turns Water Into Wine (John 2:1-11)

It seems John wants us to think of the resurrection when he says that “on the third day” there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. Cana is about nine miles north of Nazareth.

Eastern wedding celebrations are expected to last for several days, so it was very embarrassing to the family sponsoring the feast if the wine runs out too soon! Yet that is exactly what happens. So, Jesus’ mother tells Him of the problem, yet at first He seems to refuse her. He says that His time has not yet come. This is the first occasion that we see how Jesus pays complete attention to His Father, God. He only does what His Father tells Him to do. It stands to reason that there are times when it is right to work miracles and times when it might not be the appropriate time. One day it will be time for the greatest sign of all—for Jesus to be lifted up on the cross.

Mary (who is never called by her name in this Gospel) is not discouraged. She simply advises the servants to do as Jesus says and then more or less, leaves it in Jesus’ hands.

Jesus tells the servants to fill six huge jars with water. These are the stone jars which have been used for washing hands and feet, cups and bowls. It’s interesting to note that the number six is just short of the perfect number seven. It usually represents man and so the long years of Jewish legalism—trying to be right in the sight of God by man’s own actions—are now to give way to the joyful wine of the Good News of the gospel.

When the master of the banquet tastes what used to be the water, he discovers an excellent wine. This is a miracle of new creation, although only the servants and the disciples knew what Jesus has done. Jesus is always discreet with His miracles because, as we soon learn in John’s writings, life becomes impossible when people are clamoring for sensational signs of God’s power. The same thing holds true today. So many are looking for the “signs and wonders” and not necessarily looking for the Creator. But in this instance His glory is briefly glimpsed, and His disciples begin to truly believe in Him.

The Second Sign: Jesus Heals An Officials Son (John 4:43-54)

Back in Cana, a royal official comes from Capernaum to beg Jesus for help. His beloved son is dying. All along during this time the local people have been clamoring for Jesus to do something miraculous, but He has been reluctant to agree. Demanding signs and wonders is in fact the very opposite of having faith. People want to see before believing and the Lord tells us to believe before seeing!

To keep His help as quiet and unsensational as possible, Jesus simply tells the official to go back home. He assures him that his son will live. While he is still on the journey, the man receives the wonderful news that the boy has recovered—and it happened at the very time he had been talking to Jesus.

The healing of the official’s son is the second sign that John has chosen, through the Holy Spirit’s anointing, to record. This time it is an official and his family and staff who come to have faith in Christ.

To Be Continued

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About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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