what’s your sign?
“This was the second sign that Jesus performed.” —John 4:54
In John’s Gospel, Jesus worked seven signs (miracles) “to help you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, so that through this faith you may have life in His name” (Jn 20:31):
1) changing water into wine at a wedding (Jn 2:1-12),
2) a remote healing of a royal official’s son (Jn 4:46-54),
3) curing a man who was ill for thirty-eight years (Jn 5:1ff),
4) multiplying the loaves and fishes (Jn 6:1-14),
5) walking on the water (Jn 6:19),
6) giving sight to the man born blind (Jn 9:1ff), and
7) raising Lazarus from the dead (Jn 11:1ff).
After Jesus’ first sign, His disciples began to believe in Him (see Jn 2:11). Then, many began to believe in His name when they saw the signs He was doing (see Jn 2:23). However, Jesus recognized an innate problem with working signs: our sinful human nature. He observed: “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you do not believe” (Jn 4:48). Many people either looked for additional signs (Jn 6:30) or misinterpreted the signs because they were not seeking the truth (Jn 9:16). The end result was: “Despite His many signs performed in their presence, they refused to believe in Him” (Jn 12:37).
So, Jesus gave a once-for-all final sign: the sign of the cross. Jesus, God Himself, set aside His power (Jn 18:6, 11), stretched out His arms, was nailed to a cross, suffered in agony, and died to atone for our sins. He rose from the dead in power and majesty and gave us the Holy Spirit (Jn 20:22). This sign had power. This sign broke through the hard hearts. “Lift high the cross!”
Prayer: “My Lord and my God!” (Jn 20:28)
Promise: “The things of the past shall not be remembered or come to mind.” —Is 65:17
Praise: Marty, a non-Catholic, discerned that Jesus was calling him to be a Catholic priest. Now he serves Jesus as a pastor in the Church he once criticized.
Reference: (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
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