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f the four gospels, John’s gospel presents Jesus as God most forcefully.
In His conversation with the Pharisee Nicodemus Jesus told him that “whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” What did Jesus expect Nicodemus to believe? The first place we read about the significance of Jesus’ death for salvation is in Romans 3.
The artistic depiction of the nativity has been an important subject for Christian artists since the 4th century.
Since the 13th century, the nativity scene has emphasized the humility of Jesus and promoted a more tender image of him, as a major turning point from the early "Lord and Master" image, mirroring changes in the common approaches taken by Christian pastoral ministry.
The eight signs he recorded were to prove that Jesus was the Christ and that his readers might have life through Him. All signs are miracles but not all miracles are signs. His gospel was written to prove to Jews that Jesus was the Messiah.
The signs had special significance in John’s gospel for national Israel: they proclaimed Who He was. The information he provided was that they might “believe that Jesus is the Christ; and that believing you might have life is His name.” What did this mean?