The Seven Signs of John’s Gospel


I can list and explain the seven signs of John’s Gospel


Reflect prayerfully on the Scripture reading as you listen.

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” [And] Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told them, “Fill the jars with water.” So they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it. And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from (although the servers who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him. 

John 2:1-11

Lord Jesus, your first miracle came at the request of your mother, who told the servants to do whatever you told them. Help us to cling to your mother as our mother who had perfect faith in you. Give us the wisdom and courage to do as you command us to do in our daily lives. 

Hail Mary... 

The Seven Signs of John’s Gospel

Objects are symbols or signs of something greater and more important in their live. For example,When a two people get married, their wedding rings, while important, are really symbols of their loving, committed relationship. The rings are an expression of that reality and not actually the marriage itself. Throughout John’s Gospel there are seven key signs that all communicate the greater reality of Jesus’ ultimate mission: our redemption and freedom from sin. When John uses the word signs, he’s really referring to miraculous or wondrous deed or events in the life of Jesus. It is not these seven miracles or wondrous deeds of Christ that are truly important. Rather, the greater truth they symbolize is what is most important. In this lesson, we will be studying Jesus’ seven signs in John’s Gospel. 

Activity 1: The Seven Signs of John’s Gospel

Read each of the Scripture passages on the handout, briefly summarize each in your own words, and then identify each of the seven signs in John’s Gospel. 

The Seven Signs of John’s Gospel.pdf

Activity 2: The Seven Signs of John’s Gospel Poster

You will be assigned one of the seven signs in John’s Gospel, to create a symbol that represents your assigned sign from John’s Gospel.