Miracles of Jesus: Performing signs in Jerusalem

(John 2:13-25)

After Jesus performs his first miracle, in Cana, he visits Jerusalem for Passover, where he chases money changers and vendors out of the Temple area and performs miraculous signs.

John does not describe the miracles that Jesus performs on this occasion, but he does give details about the impact that they had on witnesses, that many people came to believe in Jesus.

He also notes that Jesus receives a visit from Nicodemus, a prominent Pharisee, who refers to the signs that Jesus had performed and seeks teachings from Jesus.

This is the second occasion in which Jesus is recorded in the Gospels as having performed miracles.

The event, as described in the Gospel of John:

13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 He found in the temple those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, and the changers of money sitting. 15 He made a whip of cords, and threw all out of the temple, both the sheep and the oxen; and he poured out the changers’ money and overthrew their tables. 16 To those who sold the doves, he said, “Take these things out of here! Don’t make my Father’s house a marketplace!” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will eat me up.”

18 The Jews therefore answered him, “What sign do you show us, seeing that you do these things?”

19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

20 The Jews therefore said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple! Will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he spoke of the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he said this, and they believed the Scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.

23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in his name, observing his signs which he did. 24 But Jesus didn’t entrust himself to them, because he knew everyone, 25 and because he didn’t need for anyone to testify concerning man; for he himself knew what was in man. (John 2:13-25, WEB)

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