May the Lord bless us and give us that confidence in him as the Lord of space and time and the course of history, so that we go forward with confidence and peace to the work he gives us to do.
The signs that are recorded in the Gospel by John were recorded there, so we are told, for a distinct purpose. ‘Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written 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’ (John 20:30–31).
And so far the meaning is clear—the record of these miracles is meant to supply evidence upon which we may found our faith that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. A moment’s thought will show us, however, that in addition to evidence that he is the Christ, the Son of God, the account of these miracles helps us to see what those terms mean.
Transcript of a talk given by David Gooding at the Rise Up and Build Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, December 1995.