When I think of all the evidence that atheists reject, a priori reject no less, it amazes me how one of Jesus’ closet friends wrote, “I wrote these things so that you might also believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.” Of course when you’ve been right there, in the midst of it all. When you’ve been a disciple of the Rabbi for a really intense three years (as Plato said, “A disciple is a vessel so tightly sealed that not one drop of your leader’s teaching leaks out”), it would be hard for for John to comprehend how someone, anyone WOULDN'T believe what he’s experienced.
I’ve written pages and pages and pages of information. I’ve described it backwards and forwards. I’ve given citations and citations regarding citations. All in an attempt to show atheists that Jesus is not just historical, but His life, death and resurrection are detailed by numerous extra Biblical writers. All to no avail. There is no evidence great enough or clear enough to convince those determined to deny the existence of God. And yet, John, in all seriousness presents seven signs to prove that Jesus was and is Creator God. That’s all. Seven miracles or what John calls signs that he believes should be enough to show the reader that Jesus was exactly who He said He was, God in human form.
John describes Jesus’ first sign that was performed in the town of Cana. This is where Jesus turned water into wine. He made the wine in containers that were made to hold ceremonial water.
Then John tells about Jesus healing an official’s son. A Roman officer’s son!
Pushing the social envelope further, Jesus heals an invalid - on the Sabbath. It’s like Jesus was trolling for Pharisees.
Next, Jesus feeds over 12,000 men, women and children with a little bit of bread and a couple fish. In contrast to assuaging physical hunger, Jesus calls Himself “the bread of life” and states that those who come to Him for spiritual nourishment will never hunger again.
Everyone knows about Jesus walking on the water, demonstrating that He who created matter has demonstrable power over the physics of matter.
Then, a man born blind from birth is healed, again on the Sabbath and finally
Jesus raises Lazarus after he’d been in the grave for four days.
Seven signs. That’s all. Seven signs that were enough for the officials of the time to plot to kill not just Jesus but Lazarus as well. Seven signs that John says should be enough to prove to us that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God - Jesus the Christ.
Finally, of course, come Jesus resurrection from the dead. An empty tomb that John himself inspected. Repeated post burial encounters with the risen Jesus are also described by John. He ate with Jesus, walked and talked with Him and John was taught by Jesus for about 50 days after His resurrection. And then John writes, “Jesus did many other miraculous signs 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 Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”
No amount of evidence is enough for atheists. How much is enough for you?