Miracles in John's gospel are called "signs."  Their purpose is to point to Jesus and to instill confidence and conviction in the truth that he is the Messiah.  There is an interesting statement in John 3:2 where Nicodemus, one of the Sanhedrin's Jewish rulers, affirms both Jesus' miracles as well as his claims.  Perhaps Nicodemus is not reflecting the general opinion of his peers but rather assuming all would agree with his logic.  The evidence from this gospel is that few debated the miracles themselves.  What they did debate were Jesus' claims (John 10:32-33).  Nicodemus' logic seems to have escaped them at this point.

Miracles have little meaning if we are simply outwardly impressed and not inwardly changed.  Water changed into wine is not nearly as important to God as sinners changed into the children of God (John 1:12).  This is why Jesus did not simply say, "thank you" to Nicodemus' compliment, but responded with the words, "you must be born again."  Jesus did not come to impress us but to save us.


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