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Explain the significance of the first sign in the Fourth Gospel.

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Explain the significance of the first sign in the Fourth Gospel The Fourth Gospel first sign is very symbolic and significant to the series that will follow it. I believe that not only does it tell us about Jesus, but also the authors understand of him. In this essay I plan to merge these two ideas and what the theological motivation, in order to elucidate why exactly I feel this sign is essential to the author in displaying what this sign is meant to accomplish. Firstly I found it was interesting to notice how John puts no emphasis on Jesus replacing or the action during which the water changed to wine, neither did he continue to peruse on why Mary was so determined on her request being fulfilled. In making this notion I found myself agreeing with Brown that "The first sign had the same purpose that all the subsequent signs will have, namely, the revolutions about the person of Jesus" (Brown) John seems to use this sign as a regaining of faith of the disciples as they witness his glory, for it symbolises Jesus being sent by the Father to bring salvation to the world. ...read more.

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Jesus in talking to Mary mentions "My hour as not yet come", this ironically is talking of the passion death and resurrection. Brown makes a vital view that, "It suggest that Jesus hour or time has not yet come, but in Johannine through is can be regarded as not in Jesus control, but in the Father." (Brown) Also the wedding s meant to happen on the third day which means there is a connection between this and "the hour" both revolving around the resurrection. Does this link in with the symbolic purpose of the sign? Possibly but I feel that while it lays some significance to the symbolism of the sign there are other area we should look at So I now therefore, I conclude my finial points on symbolic symbolism in the first sign before making my conclusion. Firstly the author of the Forth Gospel sets this miracle in the Cana (a biblical archaeology location), which is the first time it is mentioned by John in the New Testament. ...read more.

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Brown who brings up considerable points on which both not only are strongly agreeable on how John creates this significances, but also the fist sign is based on human distress- there's seems no focus on spiritual questioning. The first sign is meant to hold an immediate symbolic impact, while the author displays a simple understand he also contends to apply hidden and significance based primary on Johannine and Jewish thought and tradition whether it be the location, the six stone jars or the action itself. John's only aim in my opinion is to draw upon this idea of how the sign is meant to reflect God sovereignty and his salvation to the world. The first sign is used to display the faith in the disciples- how Jesus has this supernatural power possessing Old Testament features of religious characters, which shows him to being the Messiah. Sources Raymond E. Brown (19 ) The Gospel According to John: "The first sign at Cana in Galilee changing of water to wine" N/A Arthur J Kink (19 ) Christ's First Miracle, N/A Peaks Commentary on the Bible (Written by C K Barret) Drone Biblical Commentary ...read more.

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