Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus Is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:30-31
Several years ago, my friend from childhood Larry Goff suggested that I write a book related to evangelism in the Gospel of John. When he knew that his days on earth were numbered, he gave his nephew the responsibility of reminding me of my responsibility to keep my word concerning this matter. He went to be with the Lord in 2002.
The apostle Paul described the Gentiles as seeking “wisdom” and the Jews as demanding “signs.” 1 Corinthians 1:22 Ultimately neither received what they desired. But it would seem that God in his merciful condescension allowed the Jews to see the savior of the world as a miracle worker who obviously was blessed with the very power of God. John records these seven miraculous displays of the power of God but surrounds them with some of the richest teaching of the Lord Jesus concerning his person and mission. The signs were written so that belief might come. The words explain the story behind this extraordinary intervention of God into the history of the world. And the words that record the signs and the words that explain who Christ is constitute a true evangelistic tract from the Holy Spirit.