We are exploring the Gospel of John by looking at the signs he records that Jesus performed (there are 7 plus His Resurrection, the ultimate sign). John’s purpose in writing, as we have discussed, was to present Jesus as the Messiah, not to provide a complete timeline of His activities. One of the ways John pursues this goal is by the sequence of signs he introduces.
While some of these are mentioned in the synoptics, John almost always has a twist or a different slant on them. He seems to be showing us, through the lens of the signs, how the Disciples came to know who Jesus really was and to invite us to follow along.