Watching for the signs
The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
Watching for the Signs
In September of 1938, a man who lived in Long Island, New York ordered one of the best barometers available. When it arrived he was frustrated to find that the dial was stuck pointing to “Hurricane.” He vigorously shook the barometer several times, but it continued pointing to “Hurricane.” The angry customer sat down and wrote a scorching letter to the manufacturer. On his way to work in New York City the next morning he dropped the letter in the mail. That evening he returned to Long Island, to find the barometer missing – along with his house! The barometer had been correct. The hurricane had come.
He had seen the sign, but failed to embrace or believe it’s message.
Have you ever gone on a road trip and missed an important sign? Before you knew it you had found yourself headed for the wrong destination?
Many people overlook signs that their health is not as it should be. Failure to watch for those signs or to pay attention to what they tell you can have catastrophic results.
Jesus expressed his concerns about signs in Matthew 16:1-4: The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven.
He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and went away.
Jesus had already shown them sign after sign, but they were still confused. Why were they confused? They were confused because they refused to see what was in plain sight. Jesus worked miracle after miracle or sign after sign, but they didn’t want to understand that he was the Son of God.
John wrote his account of the life of Jesus for this very purpose. In John 20:30-31 he wrote: Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
These signs were for the people of his time and for everyone since. Do you see the signs? Have you embraced their message? Have you believed in Jesus as the Son of God and Messiah?
This Sunday we will begin a series of messages that will lead up to, into and beyond Resurrection Sunday titled SIGNS. While the series is based on John 20:30-31, we will also explore some of the signs Jesus gave. This week we will look at the first public miracle Jesus ever performed. This one happened at a wedding. You will find it recorded in John 2:1-12. Come and join us for this exciting series of messages!
Watching with you,