At the end of his Gospel St. John summed up his reasons for writing it. He said, : “Jesus did many other signs in the sight of his disciples, but they are not recorded here. But these I have written to show that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, so that by believing in him you might have life.”
So, all the stories in the twenty-one chapters of John’s Gospel converge on those two points. First, that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. Second, that by believing in him we have life.
John did not speak of the many miracles performed by Jesus. He called them signs. There were six in all, and they pointed toward Jesus being the Messiah through whom we have life.
The first sign came in Chapter Two when Jesus changed the water into wine. It concluded with John saying, “This first of his signs did Jesus at Cana of Galilee, revealing his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.
In Chapter Three Nicodemus came by night, and would accord to Jesus no honor above being a teacher come in God’s name. He would not see him as the Messiah. That was left to the Samaritan Woman came at noon, showing that her heart was open to light.
When she guessed that he must be the Messiah, he went on to telling her how she would have the life of grace through him.
“The water I will give you will become a fountain within you, springing up to eternal life.” Take away that picture with you today. Hold on to seeing the life of Grace as a playful, life-giving, fountain springing up in your breast.