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“Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men” (John 2:24-25 NKJV).

From: May 2, 2020

DO YOU SEEK MORE SIGNS OR THE SAVIOR?

In John’s gospel, the miracles performed by Jesus are called “signs.” For John understood the miracles of Jesus to be confirming signs that pointed to Him as the Son of God. This is an important distinction. For men often seek God’s miracles but fail to hear His message.
 
After witnessing many signs in Jerusalem, many claimed to believe in Jesus, but He did not “commit” Himself to them. Why? He knew what was in their hearts. They sought more signs, not the Savior. Therefore, He did not commit His gospel and His true identity to them.
 
At another time, after Jesus had fed over 5,000 with five loaves and two fishes, many followed Him. Yet, He knew their hearts, saying, “You only seek Me because you ate of the loaves and were filled” (John 6:26). The crowd sought more bread, but failed to recognize Jesus as the “Bread of Life” (John 6:35).
 
What’s in your heart? Do you seek more signs or a Savior? Are you always looking for more evidence, never fully committing yourself to Jesus? For if you will commit yourself to Him, He will surely commit Himself to you.
 
PRAYER: Dear Father, we do not seek miracles, but the Master, our Lord Jesus Christ. We seek His face, not His hands. For we want Him to know that we believe in Him and are committed to Him. For He has committed Himself to us. Having Jesus, we need nothing else. For He is our all in all. Help us to see Him today, so that we might follow Him in all things. In His name, we pray, amen.

“This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him” (John 2:11 NLT).

From: May 2, 2019

DO YOU SEEK THE SIGNS OR THE SAVIOR?

This was the first of seven “signs” that the apostle John recorded in his gospel. John calls them signs and not miracles because signs point to something other than themselves. On a trip a few years ago to see the Grand Canyon, I noticed “Grand Canyon” road signs all along the way as we drove up from Phoenix. Yet, we didn’t travel from NC to AZ to see these signs. We didn’t stop driving until we stood before the Canyon itself! Many during Jesus’ day were attracted to his miracles, but his true disciples saw them as signs that pointed to Him. Jesus turned the water into wine at a wedding in Cana. The master of the feast and the wedding guests were enthralled with the taste of the new wine that Jesus had made, but the disciples were focused on the wine’s Maker. The whole creation is a miraculous sign pointing to the Creator, yet many worship the former without recognizing the latter (Rom. 1:19-25).
 
PRAYER: Dear Father, the miraculous signs that point to Your Son are in plain view if only we would look with spiritual eyes and hear with spiritual ears. Yet, help us not to seek the signs, but to seek the Savior to whom they point. For Christ alone is worthy of our worship and praise. We focus our hearts and minds on Him today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

‘Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”’ (John 2:4 NLT).

From: May 2, 2018

CHRIST’S ATTENTION TO TIMING
When Jesus’ mother brought it to His attention that there was no more wine at the wedding, He replied that it was not yet His time. She may have been His mother, but she was not aware of the details of His mission. It was not yet time to begin His public ministry. He therefore miraculously solved the wine shortage in a private manner, so that only His mother, disciples and the servants knew about it. Even the emcee didn’t know the source and gave credit to the bridegroom (v.9).
 
This wasn’t the only time Jesus had to correct a family member for suggesting He act before His time. It was His brothers who urged Him to go to Jerusalem and “show himself to the world” (John 7:4). But He responded, “Now is not the right time for me to go, but you can go anytime” (John 7:6).
 
When the time did come for Jesus to go to Jerusalem and to the cross, He did not hesitate. Jesus said, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory” (John 12:23). Jesus fulfilled His mission in the “fulness of time.” As the apostle Paul wrote, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Gal. 4:4-5).
 
Christ’s timing was perfect.

“A quick-tempered man acts foolishly” (Proverbs 14:17 NKJV).

From: May 2, 2017

The man who is easily offended and quick to lose his temper will continually do and say things that make him look foolish. Afterwards, he is often sorry and ashamed, so he repents of his behavior. Yet, his short fuse remains, so that he returns to his folly again and again. The foolish behavior will not stop until his angry temperament is properly dealt with.
 
Anger itself isn’t sin, but uncontrolled anger can lead to sin. So, we must ask the Holy Spirit to give us a long-fuse and self-control, so that Christ rules us, rather than our anger. As the apostle Paul wrote, “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil” (Eph. 4:26-27).

“Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name” (Psalm 103:1 ESV)

From: May 2, 2016

This psalm of David begins with an introspective imperative that every detail of his life, both within and without, would live in a continuous state of worshiping God. Was there an area where David worshiped his own will or had found his desire focused on another? If so, he commanded himself to “let all that I am,” every part of my “heart,” be focused on praising the Lord.
Is there an area in your life today that isn’t in alignment with God’s will for you? If there is, then how can you truly worship the Lord? How can you bring only part of your heart, part of your life to Him in praise? This is half-worship, and God will not accept it. Stop being half-hearted in following Jesus. Confess your sins and “let all” that you are praise the Lord. Praise Him with your “whole heart.”

“This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him” (John 2:11 NKJV)

From: May 2, 2015

This is the first of seven “signs” that the apostle John recorded in his gospel. John calls them signs and not miracles because signs point to something other than themselves. On a recent trip to see the Grand Canyon I noticed “Grand Canyon” road signs all along the way as we drove up from Phoenix. Yet, we didn’t fly from NC to AZ to see these signs. We didn’t stop driving until we stood before the Canyon itself! Many during Jesus’ day were attracted to his miracles, but his true disciples saw them as signs that pointed to Him. Jesus turned the water into wine at a wedding in Cana. The master of the feast and the wedding guests were enthralled with the taste of the new wine that Jesus had made, but the disciples were focused on the wine’s Maker. The whole creation is a miraculous sign pointing to the Creator, yet many worship the former without recognizing the latter (Rom. 1:19-25).

“This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him” (John 2:11 NLT)

From: May 2, 2014

This is the first of seven “signs” that the apostle John recorded in his gospel. John calls them signs and not miracles because signs point to something other than themselves. On a recent trip to see the Grand Canyon I noticed “Grand Canyon” road signs all along the way as we drove up from Phoenix. Yet, we didn’t fly from NC to AZ to see these signs. We didn’t stop driving until we stood before the Canyon itself! Many during Jesus’ day were attracted to his miracles, but his true disciples saw them as signs that pointed to Him. Jesus turned the water into wine at a wedding in Cana. The master of the feast and the wedding guests were enthralled with the taste of the new wine that Jesus had made, but the disciples were focused on the wine’s Maker. The whole creation is a miraculous sign pointing to the Creator, yet many worship the former without recognizing the latter (Rom. 1:19-25).

“But he did not know that the LORD had left him” (Judges 16:20 ESV)

From: May 2, 2013

Samson took God’s presence and power for granted, but when Delilah shaved off his seven locks, the Lord left him. Samson didn’t even notice… until it was too late. We shouldn’t wonder at Samson’s shortcomings. We can be just like him. When we step on the slippery slope of sin, we slowly slide away from God so gradually that we barely notice. Then one day, we awake and find ourselves in trouble, asking God where He’s gone! If God’s presence moved, would you notice?

“Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me” (John 2:17)

From: May 2, 2012

Jesus is passionate for God’s house. He burns with zeal for it to fulfill its divine purpose. Those who are filled with the Spirit of Christ know this. Because Christ’s zeal for the Church burns within them too!

“But he did not know that the LORD had left him” (Judges 16:20)

From: May 2, 2011

Samson didn’t even notice when the Lord’s anointing left him. We can make this mistake when we make our worship and ministry too man-centered. Don’t presume the Lord’s presence in your work. Instead, join Him in His. Would you notice if He wasn’t present in your life or church?