John 11.4,37 – The purpose of Jesus’ miracles
Posted: 1 August 2011 in John

“When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.”

“And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?”

As with all the miracles of Jesus, this one can be read on two levels. One way is to read it as a historical event, the other is as a parable, and there is no need to question the validity of either reading. As historical events, the primary purpose of Jesus’ miracles was to reveal his glory and status as God Incarnate. Clearly, if they were just parables, they could not perform their proper function of glorifying Jesus, but they can nevertheless be read as parables. And as a parable, they speak of Jesus’ role in bring spiritual sight and spiritual life to those whom his Father, the almighty and most gracious God, had chosen. Both interpretations are important, and there is no need to choose between them.

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