In John 2, the cabinet-maker becomes the winemaker. Like every other atom in the universe will water submits to its creator’s ultimate authority.In John 4, Jesus heals a nobleman's son from a long distance away, revealing his Lordship over latitude and longitude. In John 5, Jesus reverses 38 years of a man’s pain and suffering with one command. In John chapter 6, Jesus introduces us to a whole new level of common core math, when he feeds 5000 people from a lunch box of only five loaves of bread and two small fish. 5+2 does not equal seven. It equals 5000, with a remainder of 12.His encore? Just a few hours later, Jesus walks across the water on the Sea of Galilee. In John chapter 9, there is more to the miracle than meets the eye. (Wink, wink) Jesus heals a blind man’s eyes, and also helps him see God's kingdom in a whole new light. And just when you think you've seen it all, Jesus turns a funeral into a party, bringing his good friend, Lazarus, back to life in John 11. It is truly a sign of things to come.
Because the Miracle Man saves His greatest feat for last…
Good Friday will bring us to the cross where we confront the comprehensive brokenness of a sin-sick world and the redeeming love of God. We see our helpless estate and the power of God to bridge the chasm that separates us from Him. Good Friday ends in a dark tomb where we come face-to-face with our story and our desperate need of a miracle.
And then comes Sunday…with the miracle of Jesus’ resurrection! That miracle is also a sign. It’s a sign that the debt of your sin has been paid in full. It’s the sign that the power of God, made known through Jesus, has brought death to death and life to life. It’s our sign that the light of God’s love can shatter the darkness of our fear.
On Easter, we rejoice in the great news that “Christ is risen! Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed!” And we rejoice in the reality that the Miracle Man has opened the doors for us to experience the “incomparably great inheritance” of this same miraculous sign…Resurrection Life!
Come, and be a part of the miracle with us!
<><, Pastor Steve