There are Five Greek words used to describe the miracles or signs that Christ used to demonstrate his deity. Terata (Wonders), erga (works), thaumasia (Wonderful things), dunameis (powers), and semeia (signs). The synoptic gospels use dunameis because it emphasizes the power of Christ.
In John 2:1-11, we find one of the first of his sign/miracles. This miracle is where Christ turns the water into wine, and it is a clear picture of Christ having power over his creation. It also gave glory to God the Father and was a way to show the power of Jesus and the start for a new beginning. The water has no taste, and it cannot compare to the wine, a move from rituals and rules to a unique relationship with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
These pots that they put the water in were made from stone, not clay, as John explains; they used them for ceremonial cleansing. The Jews would use them over and over again. We were cleansed by the blood of Christ once and for all. There now is no need for this ritual cleansing.
The second sign/miracle that Jesus performed was the healing of the Noble man’s Son.
Miracle two was a demonstration of power Jesus has over space. Instead of Christ going to Capernaum, he went ahead and healed the Son at that moment because of the great faith of the nobleman. It is an example of the power of Christ over death and is showing our freedom from it. It is a discourse of the divine Son, the living bread, and the life-giving spirit. He is the light of the world.
John 5: 1-9, talks about the healing of a lame man at the pool of Bethesda, where many afflicted individuals hoped for a cure. It is Jesus having power over time. The man had been afflicted for thirty-eight years and was still willing to be healed.
Jesus was willing to heal him even though his affliction lasted for such a long time. It shows his power and deity by healing him. It did not matter how long he had the affliction; it had no power over Jesus Christ.
Jesus was fulfilling the true purpose of the Sabbath by showing mercy to the lame man and healing him on the Sabbath. He was explaining to the Jews that they circumcise on the Sabbath, which is an act of concern for one body part; he was willing to heal this man’s whole body. It shows his lordship over the Sabbath and the claim for his deity.
The man had many excuses that we duplicate in our relationship with God during our daily life. The man blamed his condition, on circumstances, geographic place, and on other people.
The people were waiting for the Angel to move the water to heal their bodies, but Jesus proclaimed that if anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture said, rivers of living water will flow from his inner being. Christ is higher than the Angels, and we should look to him for living water. He is the Son of God.
The fourth sign/miracle is written in John 6:1-15, and it is the feeding of the five thousand; Christ having power over food. There is a gathering of men coming to listen to Christ, and there was no food to feed any of them.
This sign/miracle is the only one that corresponds to the other books of the synoptic. Jesus recognized the needs of the people. We can see many principles in this miracle.
It shows God is the God of order. Jesus gave thanks before giving out the food, emphasizing the need to give honor to God. It shows the division of labor and reserves the things that only he can do with his power and shows his deity.
Jesus proclaims deity by using I AM; I AM the bread of life. Bread is the most important food for the people of that time, so it made the miracle and the message of this particular sign more meaningful. We need him more than the physical needs of our lives.
In John 6:15-21, we find the fifth sign/ miracle, where Jesus is walking on water. We can see the deity of Jesus through his power of controlling the natural law.
He calls out to them it is I, this is an Old Testament sign of the Jehovah; I AM. It could also be an example of salvation because when the disciples received him, the storm stopped. When we receive him, we trust him to calm our storms, and to be there when we go through them.
The sixth sign/miracle occurs in John 9:1-12. It is when Jesus heals the blind man. Neither the man nor his parents sinned; the disciples wanted to know why he was born blind.
Jesus explained that his blindness was to show his Father’s work through him. Jesus preached how imperative it was to fulfill his commission. Jesus wanted to bring glory to his Father and to follow his commands.
Jesus came as a representation of the Father, and what he did in his humanity is true for us, and what he did in his humanity is ours. He was acting in our place. Christ’s power and deity are visible in this sign/miracle having control over physical laws. Jesus is the light of the world, and he is the only one who can bring us from darkness into light, and this sign/miracle depicts this.
John 11:1-44 tells the story of Jesus resurrecting Lazarus from the dead after being in the grave for four days. It is the power of Jesus that triumphs over death. The disciples were afraid that Lazarus would die.
They did not have faith in Jesus to raise the dead. Jesus was not happy that Lazarus died, but he was glad that this would be an opportunity to build the disciples’ faith and glorify Him as the Son of God. Jesus’ statement I AM the resurrection and the life, shows his equality with God the Father, that he is God. It is the fifth I AM statement in the book of John.
The last and eighth sign/miracle is the story of the miraculous catch of fish. This sign/miracle is brought to our attention in John 21:1-11. It was on the sea of Tiberias; the disciples were out fishing, and Jesus appeared standing on the shore.
This sign/miracle was the chance to reveal himself to the disciples and to suppress some of the doubts and misunderstandings that they might have.
Jesus came to strengthen the disciples. While the disciples were in the boat all night, they did not catch a thing, and they were likely to be discouraged, depressed, hungry, and tired. They had lost hope and were backsliding possibly.
It pictures our union and communion with him and is a reminder of his presence during the tough times of our lives. He is always with us.
There are eight I AM statements in the book of John. In the Old Testament, Jesus new this signified the Jehovah, so he used it to show his equality with God the Father and for us to see his deity as God in the flesh.
The purpose of the book of John, in my opinion, is to explain the Trinity; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit relationship and his deity. Each of the signs/miracles is proof of this fact that Jesus Christ is God. and that he is the second person of the Trinity.
It is a book that brings light to what God is. God is love, and this is the reason he became flesh and dwelt among us.
Ephesians 1:4 explains what the intention of God is for us before we even existed. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, he predestined us to adoption as his sons through Jesus Christ.
What I think is interesting is that believers now believe in him without seeing these types of signs/miracles. I do not know why this is. Maybe it is because of the Holy Spirit and that Jesus sent him to be our helper. He gives us his faith to restore and strengthen ours. What are your thoughts on the miracles of Jesus? Are they signs for his deity?