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While believing in Jesus gives hope, Christianity is not based on hope or blind faith. It's based on evidence. As an eyewitness to many of Jesus' miracles, the apostle John reminds us that the supernatural feats of Jesus are not just random acts of kindness meant to help and inspire people. They are signs that provide uswith evidence for who Jesus is.

"No one could perform the signs you are doing unless God were with him.”  John 3:2

(1) THE WINE MAKER: Sunday, February 23rd

The first of Jesus' miracles that John documents is when Jesus, with a nudge from his mother, attended a wedding and turned water into wine. It was the first sign of many that gives evidence of who Jesus is.

Jesus’ mother said to him, "they have no more wine”  John 2:3b

(2) THE SEVENTH HOUR: Sunday, March 1st

The first miracle at Cana was molecular. The second miracle was a long distance miracle that was birthed in a divine appointment between Jesus and a royal official who desperately asks him to heal his dying son. Jesus demonstrated to this official that when God has ordained your cause, it’s not over till God says it’s over.

So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.”  John 4:52 ESV

(3) THE RULE BREAKERSunday, March 8th

Just outside of Jerusalem, Jesus performed a miracle that changed a man’s life forever. For 38 years, this crippled man was unable to walk. But when Jesus said, “Get up,” the man was healed. However, it’s what Jesus said next that made this miracle a clear sign of who Jesus really was.

“It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”  John 5:10

(4) LORD ALGEBRA: Sunday, March 15th

Perhaps one of the most famous signs performed by Jesus was when he fed over 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. Those that followed Jesus thought he was finally getting to the point of what he could do for them. They were more enamored with the signs instead of what the signs were pointing to.

After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is come into the world.”  John 6:14

(5) THE WATER WALKER: Sunday, March 22nd

Three Gospel writers record the miracle of Jesus walking on water. John focuses on the main act—The Water Walker. If you are going to get out of a boat in the middle of the Sea of Galilee in the middle of the night, you better make sure Jesus said, “Come," but if Jesus says, “Come,” you better not stay in the boat. A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough...But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.”  John 6:18 & 20

(6) OPEN EYESSunday, March 29th

There are many products we buy, use, and put our confidence in without having all the information or fully understanding how they work. In the Gospel of John, we see a man begin to follow Jesus based on limited information. This man, who was born blind, said he only knew one main thing—and that one thing was enough to make him curious about who Jesus really was. He replied, “Whether he (Jesus) is a sinner or not, I don’t know. “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!.”  John 9:25

(7) THE GRAVE ROBBER: Sunday, April 5th

Jesus had already reversed withered arms, calmed stormy seas and opened blind eyes, but when he showed up four days late for his seventh miracle Jesus showed off his power in a way that had never been witnessed before. He had a sudden death showdown with an undefeated opponent—death. But Jesus went toe-to-toe with death, and death met its match—The Grave Robber.

When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice,“Lazarus, come out!”  The dead man came out, … John 11:43-44a

(8) EASTER: INVITATION TO BELIEVE: Sunday, April 12th

Following Jesus’s crucifixion, his followers expected what anyone expects after someone dies—that he would remain that way. But one of Jesus’s followers, John, gave an eyewitness account that summarized the main event surrounding Christianity: Jesus risen from the dead. In this final sign that John documents, he makes the case that Jesus is exactly who he claimed to be.

"Jesus performed many other signs and miracles in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." John 20:30-31