Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tuesday's Teachings - Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs

I am so excited this week. I have a guest blogger. I don't have to stress about getting ready this week. As well, I am excited because the guest blogger is my "evil" twin, Debbie.

Debbie is an amazing stay at home mom. She is visually impaired, however, she does not let that stop her. She is Martha and Mary all rolled up into one (I wish I could do that). She is a BSF discussion leader and runs a day home. She always finds times for her friends (except when she is under renovations). I am blessed daily to call this wonder woman of Christ my Best Friend. I hope you are blessed by her words as I daily am.

Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of the disciples which are not recorded in this book,. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name. John 20:30-31
This year, in the Bible study that I go to, we are going to be digging in to the Gospel According to John. To start out we read the entire book over the course of a week. It is a wonderful and easy book to read and if you have never read it all in one shot I highly recommend it! There are things that one can see when it is read all in a piece.

There are several things that I saw, several themes developing. One of the main things John writes about are the miracles of Jesus. Unlike the other gospels, John only includes seven miraculous signs. To explore these miracles in more detail, read the book.

The teaching that struck my head and heart this week is related to the miracles in John, but does not have to do with any of them in particular. (Though I really always enjoy a good read of John 9). John does not call THE MIRACLES Jesus performed miracles, rather he call them signs.

Now you may say, miracles, signs, it is all semantics, and indeed, yes it is. It is very important semantics, John is also all about the Word. When we call a miracle a sign it points to a deeper spiritual meaning. A person may stand and gaze at a miracle for a long time, even a life time. When a person sees a sign it leads them to action, they move past the sign to the place it is pointing.

Another benefit of calling a miraculous event a sign is that you don’t get swamped in discontent. You do not ask, why did I get THAT miracle? Rather you will see each miracle as a sign post that points to another truth about God. To move beyond the physical and see the spiritual event that is behind each miracle is what John does in his Gospel and is what I will be praying for in the weeks to come.

My physical eyes may be flawed beyond repair, but I pray that my Spritual eyes will always be open and fixed on my creator, redeemer and guide.


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