“And a great sign appeared in heaven…And another sign appeared in heaven.”
Imagine the conversations that make no sense, the music that blares against the windows (how thankful I am for earphones these days!) and the carsick episodes as you travel 1200 miles in a van filled with teenagers. One of the requirements to participate in the summer mission trip my husband and I organize includes being able to keep your sanity in such an environment. If you can fathom this you surely understand how on occasion we have missed a sign or two on the way.
One year our sign for a turn included a tree in the middle of the road. Trees are scarce in southern Nevada, so that worked as a good sign. But the road turned right and we were to go left. GPS is a wonderful tool when it works, but it doesn’t always read the signs right, either.
The Bible speaks often about signs and wonders, and not just in heaven. When the Bible speaks of signs Christ performed, it points to our understanding of Jesus’ identity. His wonders leave our minds reeling of the awesome God we serve. And the power with which these signs and wonders take place point unequivocally to the supernatural power performing these things.
The Gospels show the many signs and wonders of Christ as He walked the earth, including, turning water into wine, healing the blind, opening deaf ears, freeing the tongue that lay silent and raising the dead. The greatest sign is recorded in each of the four Gospels…the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was dead but yet He lives and not for a period of time but for all eternity.
Why all the signs?
“Many other signs therefore Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.” John 20:30,31
One great sign remains to be fulfilled: Jesus’ return to set up His kingdom. Before then many other signs will point to the approaching day. We don’t know when that day will be but we can watch the signs and know even as the fig tree bears new leaves as a sign of the nearness of summer, “even so you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door.”
Our redemption draws near. You can read Matthew 24 for more insight into “these things”. Then read Revelation 19-22 to envision when faith gives way to sight.
Praying for you today to know the assurance of salvation and hope found in Jesus Christ.
Your comments and thoughts are always welcome.