Jesus’ 7’s

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

Like the other Gospel writers, John purposed to present Jesus from a unique perspective with the goal “that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name” (John 20:31). Matthew presented Jesus as the promised King of the Jews. Mark presented Jesus as the suffering Servant. Luke emphasized the perfect humanity of the Son of Man, but John stressed the divinity of Christ as evidenced by his opening sentence: “the Logos was God” (John 1:1-3) “And the Logos was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14).

To solidify his point, John employs a trinity of sevens that demonstrate the divinity of Christ: (1) seven “I Am” statements, (2) seven miraculous signs, and (3) seven truth-revealing discourses. I covered the three sets of sevens in 21 articles. Below they are grouped and linked in a manner that the reader can study them systematically. I pray this will be a blessing to all.

Seven ‘I AM’ Statements

  1. The Bread of Life – John 6:35, 41, 48, 51
  2. The Light of the World – John 8:12
  3. The Door – John 10:7, 9
  4. The Good Shepherd – John 10:11, 14
  5. The Resurrection and the Life – John 11:25
  6. The Way, the Truth, and the Life – John 14:6
  7. The Vine – John 15:5

Other I AM statements not included in list of seven: John 8:58; 10:30; 14:9; 20:28

Seven Signs

  1. Turns water into wine – John 2
  2. Brings life to nobleman’s son – John 4:46-54
  3. Heals the invalid on the Sabbath – John 5:1-18
  4. Feeding of the 5000 – John 6:1-15
  5. Walks on water – John 6:12-21
  6. Heals the man born blind – John 9
  7. Raises Lazarus from the dead – John 11

Seven Discourses

  1. Must be born again – John 3:1-21
  2. Living waters – John 4:1-42
  3. Lord of the Sabbath – John 5:19-47
  4. Bread of Life – John 6:22-66
  5. Offers living water to all – John 7:14-39
  6. Light of the world – John 8:12-59
  7. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for His sheep – John 10:1-18