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WHAT SIGN Do You Show Us?

Last Sunday we heard John the Baptist introduce Jesus to the Jews by proclaiming: BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD WHO TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD.
Every miracle, every sign Jesus performed during His entire ministry on this earth was done so with a very specific purpose. God never does anything without a specific purpose. In this case, the Apostle John is revealing to us that Jesus did this signs and miracles not for their own sake but to point to something that was SIGNificant. These signs always pointed to Jesus Himself, the only one able to represent God’s kingdom. The only one God the Father ever said: THIS IS MY BELOVED SON IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED.
Why did God chose a wedding for His son to perform the first sign during His earthly ministry? And why did God chose to turn water into wine for thirsty guest? Why not turning water into grape juice?
He became the only acceptable sacrifice for our sins. He has done away with the Old Testament requirements. No animal sacrifices, no temple tax, now show bread, no altar of incense, no Holy of Holies, no ark of the covenant. He nailed it to the cross for good. He is the firstborn of many brethren. NOW THE CHURCH IS THE TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD.
What sign do you show us? For you and me, it means to be reminded that we are the newly raised temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in us, and because of that we are here to glorify God in our body and in our spirit.
Jesus’ signs pointed toward something much more SIGNificant than the sign itself, it pointed toward the glorious truth WHO HE REALLY IS, the Redeemer, the Savior of the World, the Only begotten Son of God, fully man, fully God. The KING OF GLORY.

Under His Provision and Protection

Let me give you an outline of this entire chapter which will help you to put everything into its context:
• Verses 1-5 are a summary from the birth to the ascension of Jesus Christ.
• Verse 6 shows the Jews on a constant run.
• Verses 7-14 reveal the reasons why the Jews are on a constant run during the second half of the tribulation period. Satan has been cast down to earth.
• Verses 15-17 describe Satan’s persecution of the remnant, the believing Jews.
GOD ENTERED INTO A COVENANT RELATIONSHIP WITH ABRAHAM, the father of Isaac and grand-father of Jacob. It is Jacob which wrestled with God until God changed his name to ISRAEL and blessed Israel.
I need to explain at this time what a COVENANT RELATIONSHIP MEANS.
But first, let me say what it DOES NOT MEAN:
The covenants contained in the Bible are absolutes, which means, that they cannot be changed. God initiated them and chose the people with which he entered into a covenant relationship. This covenant relationship HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE THEOLOGICAL COVENANTS PREACHED AND DEFENDED BY THE COVENANT THEOLOGIAN OF OUR DAYS.