I saw a sign today. Speed Limit 55 mph. Only fifteen characters, but it gives me direction on the road. We see a plethora of signs every day. They point us in a particular direction. Jesus performed many miracles during His time on earth, but John, in his gospel, calls these signs. Jesus’ miracles are signposts declaring Himself to be the Messiah, the Son of God. Just as some people heed signs while others ignore them, so the people of Jesus’ day and throughout time since then have heeded His signs or ignored them. John gives us seven signs of Jesus plus the resurrection. John could have shared a multitude of miracles which Jesus performed on this earth, yet, under the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, he only saw fit to include eight. Thus, we can see these miracles as strategic signs of Jesus’ divinity.
This week, we’ll read about the wedding in Cana where Jesus turned water into wine. We’ll also read about a healing. Jesus touched many afflicted people, and they were healed. However, in the account of the healing of the royal official’s son in John 4, the son is near death about 17 miles away from Jesus. The Son of God assures the official that his son will live, and the father finds out when he meets his servants that it was at that hour that his son recovered. Jesus is not bound geographically regarding healing. He can pronounce something here that will be done there. Now, the account also notes that the father believed Jesus and left to go home. This surely is a key to the story, but it doesn’t diminish Jesus’ authority for He often works in conjunction with our faith. However, our faith doesn’t force God’s hand. We are merely choosing to respond in the way that He already wants us to respond to Him. The signs are all around to prompt faith to sprout and grow. Are you reading the signs? Is faith in Jesus flourishing in your heart?
This week you’ll read…
Proverbs 1-7: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3 CSB).
Ezekiel 1-11: “I looked, and there was a whirlwind coming from the north, a huge cloud with fire flashing back and forth and brilliant light all around it. In the center of the fire, there was a gleam like amber” (Ezekiel 1 CSB).
John 1-4: “Jesus did this, the first of His signs, in Cana of Galilee. He revealed His glory, and His disciples believed in Him” (John 2 CSB).
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