In this six-session video Bible study (DVD/digital downloads sold separately), bestselling author Max Lucado looks at the miracles of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of John. As John states, he recorded many of these signs for an express purpose: "These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name" (John 20:31). John chose the stories and events from Jesus' life that he believed would give his readers strength, empower them, lift them up, and speak life into their situations.
By the time John penned the words of his Gospel, he was an old man . . . his hair silver and skin wrinkled. He was pastoring a collection of Christ followers in the distant city of Ephesus. But he still loved to tell the story—some six decades earlier and a thousand miles removed—of when Jesus first called him to lay down his net . . . and he obeyed. The others are gone now. Peter, Andrew, James. They've long since followed their calls and fulfilled their missions. Only John remains, and he knows that his days are coming to an end. It is with this purpose that he takes up his pen . . . to help his readers believe and have life.
John's record of Jesus' miracles reassure us that we are never stuck or without hope. We are never forgotten. All the forces of heaven have been marshalled to come to our aid. A rescue mission is underway! The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. A multitude of angels and the power of Scripture. The strength of prayer and the wisdom of saints. All this, and more, are continually working together to get us out and see us through. This is the message of the miracles . . . that with God you are never alone.
Designed for use the You Are Never Alone Video Study (sold separately).
Lucado (Anxious for Nothing), pastor at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, shares an uplifting message of hope based on Christ's parting promise. Lucado offers words of encouragement based in the scriptural telling of Jesus's miracles from the gospel of John, which includes the word believe two times twice as much as the other three gospels combined. "Belief happens when we place our confidence in God. It is a decision to lean entirely on the strength of a living and loving Savior." Exploring the story of Jesus's first miracle, when he turned water into wine, and the seemingly impossible challenge of feeding thousands with five loaves of bread and two fish, Lucado points readers to a compassionate Jesus who is willing to work in their lives when they ask for help and trust him with the results. Lucado cautions that not all prayers are answered and acknowledges that he has at times struggled with doubt about the truth of Christianity. However, he assures Christians that Jesus welcomes those who ask questions about their faith. Christians looking for strength and direction in prayer will love this faith-affirming, impassioned work. \n