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Jesus The Resurrection & The Life After Death 


Seven Signs Confirming Jesus' Claims To Be The Messiah

The Jews had been waiting for the arrival of God's Anointed One  -  The Messiah  - for hundreds of years before Jesus was born. They knew that when he came, he would authenticate his claims by performing a number of miraculous 'signs'. John records seven in his gospel to support Jesus' claim to be the Messiah.

THE 'SIGN'
JESUS' MESSIANIC CLAIM
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE
  1. TURNING WATER INTO WINE
I AM THE TRUE VINE
  2. HEALING THE SON OF A NOBLEMAN

I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH
& THE LIFE
(cf JOHN 14:6)

  3. HEALING THE LAME MAN
      NEAR THE SHEEP GATE
I AM THE GATE

4. FEEDING THE 5000

I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE
  5. WALKING ON WATER
CONTROL OF NATURE
  6. HEALING A MAN BORN BLIND
I AM THE LIGHT
OF THE WORLD
  7. RAISING A DEAD MAN TO LIFE
I AM THE RESURRECTION
& THE LIFE


The table above summarises these 'signs'Of all the signs for which the Jews looked in the Messiah, the ultimate proof was his ability to raise a dead person to life.

To read John's account of Jesus raising Lazarus to life, click JESUS RAISES LAZARUS TO LIFE.

NOTE: Verses 25-26 are almost universally translated as in the NIV translation:

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?

The problem is that this is patently untrue! Every one of us will die physically, unless Christ returns before that happens. And Jesus didn't say that.

The Greek text of verse 26 reads: whoever lives believing in me will not die eis aiona = for ever." The KJV translates this phrase as "perish"  -  ie although we all suffer physical death, those who have put their faith in Christ will not experience eternal separation from God in hell.

For more on two kinds of life and death, go to TWO KINDS OF LIFE AND DEATH

For more on heaven and hell, go to HEAVEN & HELL.


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