In this introductory message to the Gospel our text is John 20:30-31. Here John writes concerning his purpose for composing this gospel. His purpose is simple: “that you may believe.” John chose only eight of Jesus’ miraculous signs to show that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. Jesus is God in the flesh (John 1:14). Each one of those signs or miracles reveals some specific characteristic of Jesus’ power and person. He performed each one in the presence of his disciples and many other witnesses.
John recorded these signs to bring about belief in the heart of his readers. He writes, “that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” We find two reactions to these signs in this gospel. Some accepted them and responded in belief as John desired. Others rejected the evidence, even though it was demonstrated before their very eyes.
The message concludes with statements regarding Jesus from different religious persuasions for evaluation.