Monday, February 12, 2018
Jeff Lampl

 

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine.   11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.”
 John 2:1-11

Miracles are Signs that . . . .

Jesus gained a huge following in the early 1st century as a miracle worker.  Depending on how you count them he is recorded as having performed at least three dozen miracles.   But what should I as a believer make of them? If Jesus performed miracles then, is he still doing them today?  How is it that others see miracles and I don’t?   Is that because they have more faith than I?   Should I pray harder?   If I don’t ‘get ‘my miracle’ does that mean that I’m too sinful or need to repent harder or be more obedient or be a better person, or, or or?

In verse 11 John Identifies the water into wine miracle as the first of seven “signs”.   He calls all seven miracles his Gospel “signs”.   He even concludes his Gospel with this;

Jesus did many other miraculous 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 Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”     John 20:30-31 (NIV)

John wants his readers to know that Jesus really is the Son of God, that He really has been resurrected and that he offers the only kind of life that is eternal and that can be lived wholly and fully despite one’s circumstances.

But that’s not all.

Miracles are Signs of . . . .

Signs point to something beyond themselves.   Although they are a ‘proof’ that Jesus is who he claimed to be, the miracles are more than that.  They are like previews of a coming cinematic blockbuster.   Just as the previews of a movie give us a small taste of what’s to come, the miracles that Jesus did are foreshadowings of the healing of the entire world.  Miracles are signs that the light at the end of the tunnel is not an oncoming train rather the glow of a glorious new redeemed, restored, resurrected, remade world.

“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.”     God in the Dock C.S. Lewis