The Disciple's Belief in John's Gospel
(By Pastor Kelly Sensenig)
"This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him."
In John's Gospel, we do see a progression in the disciple's faith as believers. In other words, the disciple's faith grew in Jesus the more they listened to Him speak (see 2:11). The disciple's faith grew in Jesus as they learned of Christ, listened to His teaching and looked at all His miracles (signs). It took time for the disciples to understand the full significance of His relationship to the Father (see 14:7-11) and His upcoming death (see 18:10-11) and departure (see 14:5). There were many things about Jesus that they needed to piece together. There were many things that they could not fully grasp or link together, even though they were familiar with the Old Testament Messianic passages. At the point of time in which they lived, their faith in Christ needed to continually progress and develop. Although they truly believed all the Old Testament revelation about Christ (His person, death, return & kingdom), they still could not completely piece the puzzle together, without a progression in their faith and understanding of God's program for Jesus and the person of Christ Himself.
Some questions in their minds were: "Jesus is the Father, but what does that fully mean?" "Jesus is the Messiah, but which