Updated: Nov 9, 2021
The gospel of John, as others have described, is like stepping into an art museum. You can pass by the paintings just noticing them and get an idea of what the artist intends to represent, or you can stand in front of the picture and just get lost as you stare deeply at it. The longer you look, the more detail you begin to see, and you begin to see things you did not notice at first.
This, to me, is the gospel of John. We can give it a quick read and get the idea, or we can look deeply at the signs John is sharing with us. By doing so, we begin to see more. We gain a greater understanding of Jesus and His identity as revealed in John. John invites us to slow down a bit and take a good long look at Jesus.
Many people have noticed John's gospel can be divided into several major sections. The first significant section, chapters 1-11, demonstrates Jesus through several miracles (or signs) recorded at significant places. Places such as the wedding at Canna and Jacobs well. Later in this section, John shares signs and teachings of Jesus that take place around several festivals or feasts. This section covers about three years in the life and ministry of Jesus. In the second significant section, chapters 12-20, John slows down and covers the last week of Jesus' ministry leading to His death, resurrection. In the final chapter, Jesus appears to His disciples in Galilee. The first 11 chapters have been outlined as the Book of Signs. The latter half of the gospel as the Book of Glory.
THE WEDDING FEAST
Let's notice the wedding at Canna. Sometimes we come to this sign and get caught up on what type of wine Jesus made or how much alcohol content was actually in the wine Jesus made. When we do so, we are missing the purpose of the sign John is sharing with us. In the sign, there is a problem, a solution, and an outcome. The outcome is the glory of Jesus is revealed, and the disciples believed in Him (ref. Jn. 2:11). So we should see the glory of Jesus in the sign.