January 8, 2014

john4-50

John 4:46-54

Reading signs has become something of a passion that my son and I share; we’ve been doing it since he began school a few years ago. As we drive along the highway one of us will point to a sign and enthusiastically shout, “Read it!” The challenge is to read the sign aloud and tell what the sign is trying to say before we pass it.

Jesus tells us in the reading today that unless we see signs and wonders we will not believe. What is it exactly that we are to believe? Believe that he is the messiah, the Son of God, God Immanuel, saves us from our sin, is present even when darkness attempts to engulf our soul? Yes!

Through our baptism into Christ’s life, death and resurrection we are given eyes to see, ears to hear and tongues to confess Jesus as Lord and Savior. Our new vision is tuned to see God’s amazing signs and wonders, that we may witness to a world that has been blinded by sin, death, and the devil, whose ears listen to the taunts and lies of a fallen humanity. We wear the sign of the cross; it is noticeable for strangers and friends say, “Why do you pray before you eat?”, “How can you be near ‘those’ people?”, or “My husband has cancer. Can you help me?” They are reading the indelible sign; tell them before the opportunity passes you that, “Christ is with you; let me tell you of his wonders.”

Prayer: Father, most holy, may the light of your Son and the power of the Spirit continue to reveal your glory to your servants that they may faithfully carry the message of salvation into the world. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Melinda H. Jones,
Pastor of Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Charleston, SC.

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