Signs point toward a particular direction or describe the place where it’s posted.
The Gospel of John has 7 miraculous signs that Jesus performed.
And each sign points to who Christ is.

THE SITUATION

Jesus’ first miraculous sign was at a wedding in a town called Cana (John 2). Jesus, his mom and his disciples were invited to the celebration. We have to keep in mind that weddings those days involved the whole community. It wasn’t just the couples’ event but the community’s event as well.

The most embarrassing thing was about to happen. The reception ran out of wine. In an honor-shame culture, this was a major concern. The family could lose influence, reputation and position in society.

Shame was about to take over until Jesus stepped into the situation.

THE SIGN

Mary brought up the concern to her son and told the servants to do whatever He says. Jesus asked the servants to fill six stone water jars with water to the brim.

It important to note that when Jesus performs a miracle, He makes sure that it’s complete to the brim. He makes everything complete, perfect and beautiful in His time.

When the master of the feast tasted the wine, he was so impressed with the superior quality for usually, it’s the best that is brought out first and when the guests have had lots, then they bring out the next best. But in this instance, they seemed to save the best for last.

When we walk with Christ, our relationship with Him gets better and sweeter each and every day. I didn’t say circumstances are always great, but because we are in Christ, our relationship will get better and sweeter each and every day.

Proverbs 4:18 tells us that “the path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter unti the full light of day.”

With Christ, the best is always yet to come!

THE SIGNIFICANCE

What Jesus did averted the potential shame the couple and their family. Jesus rescued them from certain and costly shame and in effect restored their honor. As it turned out, Jesus would do all the work only for someone else to get the credit for His work.

The people had no clue where the wine came from.
The master of the feast had no clue where it came from.
The bride and groom had no clue either.
But what Jesus performed, someone else got the credit for.
That’s the work of the gospel.

And the shame, Jesus averted.
And to this day, Jesus continues to redeem us from shame.

We all have things in our lives that make us cringe when we remember them.
Things that we did or done to us.

Abuse.
Words that caused pain.
Immorality.
Deeds that offend.
Thoughts that hurt.

But all that, Jesus took upon Himself on the cross, suffered for what He didn’t even commit.
Jesus took our shame and replaced it with honor.

As Isaiah 61:7 said, “Instead of your shame, there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor, they shall rejoice in their lot.”

What we were unable to restore, Jesus does.
What we were unable to fix, Jesus mends.
What brokenness we’ve experienced, Jesus makes whole.

As we repent from our sin the Bible promises that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is gone and the new has come.

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, thank You for what You continue to redeem me from. You did not only redeem me from my guilt and sin. You also redeem my life from all the shame and mess ups I’ve experienced. And for that, I am eternally grateful. May my life be a demonstration of gratitude for all You’ve done. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

 


 

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I’m not sure if you’ve ever felt that you’re in a nightmare? A series of bad events come one after the other. You wonder when it would stop and how it will stop.

My wife, Jenn and I spoke with LA and Yet a couple of weeks ago and told us what they’ve gone through. It was awe inspiring how God walked with them and pulled them through.

Watch their encouraging testimony. Be blessed!

 

 

What do you do when God seems silent?

You pray and there’s no answer.
You read the Word and it’s just a bunch of words on paper.
You worship by singing and it seems like mere lyrics on screen.

Zechariah and Elizabeth (Luke 1:5-25) were a fairly common couple. Simple. Ordinary. Average.

They’ve prayed for a child and it seems that God wasn’t answering until they’ve reached way past child bearing age.

Until angel Gabriel shows up. He declares that God is going to give them a son.

But up until this time, heaven has been silent.
For 400 years, there hasn’t been a word from God.
For 500 years, there hasn’t been an angelic appearance.
For 800 years, there hasn’t been a public miracle witnessed.

As in a musical, in between Act 1 and Act 2 is the intermission. But because the curtains are down doesn’t mean nothing is happening.

Behind those curtains, lots of things are happening. Set designs are being replaced. Actors are changing costumes. More props are being added.

It’s busy in the backstage.

Remember this: God’s silence doesn’t signify His absence.

Zechariah and Elizabeth wanted a baby. They wanted it at a certain stage of their married life. Scholars tell us that they were in their 70’s when Gabriel shows up.

It seems like they’ve missed the opportunity of having a child.

But God is able to turn your missed opportunity to His greatest miracle.

 

I was in my son’s baseball practice one afternoon and got a call from a dad.  He barely could talk because he was crying to the point of sobbing. He had just come from the doctor’s office and had the ultrasound results of his baby.

Rewind a couple of months.

Julian calls me to ask for advice.  Because his wife was diagnosed with acute apendicitis in the States, she had to go through lots of tests before they found out.  Needless to say, she was exposed to a lot of radiation because of the tests.

A couple of weeks after that, when they get back to Manila, they found out that she was pregnant.  They were advised to just abort the baby because the baby might come out with complications because of the heavy exposure to radiation.

Julian and Kate stood in faith.  They prayed and asked for people to pray.  They made a decision that God is able to protect their baby.

And He certainly did.

Below is their testimony of video of how awesome and faithful God was.

 

 

Ramchand was supposed to be operated on for inguinal hernia at UP-PGH.

But something happened…

Here’s his story.

Since 2008, he has been suffering from inguinal hernia and it has affected his daily activities.  Much of the time, he was in pain and couldn’t go on with his physical activities.  May this year, he had a check up with the doctor and told him that he needed an operation.

July came.  During our EN2010 world conference, after the worship moment with 20,000 people singing Amazing Grace with Darlene Zschech, he felt God did something miraculous.

After coming down from the bus that night on the way home, he felt different.  The pain was gone and he felt healed.

To be sure, Ramchand went back to have himself checked.  As a confirmation of what God has done, just this afternoon, Ramchand together with our campus minister, Christian Dionglay shared with Doc Jun Aguilar and I the good news of God’s healing miracle.

Amazing!  God is indeed a miracle-working God.