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  1. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    So what do we think of those who are looking for signs?

  2. Michael says:

    Who are you referring to?

  3. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    anyone. Jesus said “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign,”

  4. Michael says:

    I haven’t run into anyone asking for a sign lately…and if I did, I’m not sure this verse would speak to that.

    I think the evil and adulterous generation was the one He was addressing…the one that should have recognized Messiah…

  5. John 20:29 says:

    the comments of MLD and Michael raise a question in my mind… are we misusing the term sign? does discerning the signs of the times (yes, we have prophesy wonks going to seed on this), but does that equate to asking God for A sign, a supernatural affirmation of His presence? … do we need to ask ourselves if that is what we are really doing when we look for fulfillments of “end times prophesies?” … some here don’t believe there is such a thing, i guess… but that doesn’t invalidate the question, does it?

  6. dusty says:

    Good teaching today Michael. We always forget what Jesus puts right in front of us…and clearly tells us.

  7. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    And what about the signs and wonders people? Isn’t chasing after signs seeking “other” as I say in the comments?

  8. Michael says:

    Dusty, MLD writes these…but a good point anyway.

  9. Michael says:

    Signs and wonders are promised to those who already believe in the sign of Jonah

  10. dusty says:

    Good teaching MLD

  11. Jean says:

    “‘An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.’ So he left them and departed.”

    What I find important here (and admittedly I don’t have it all worked out yet) is why Jesus did not use signs to attract followers. He could have run his ministry like a traveling road show of divine miracles. But, he decided that entry into His kingdom would come by faith, not by sight.

    This reminds me of Jesus’ post resurrection encounter with [doubting] Thomas: “Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’”

    If anyone has any thoughts on my question, I would love to read them.

  12. John 20:29 says:

    this topic is close to another question that has lingered in the back of my mind… did Jesus perform miracles as proofs of His divinity? or did His divinity, with the accompanying attribute of grace, demand that He have compassion on what were at that hour his fellow man? did He respond to their faith? or did their faith respond to His reputation? … or was it symbiotic and a testimony to just how God relates to us throughout time?

    what’d she say? …. dunno ….

  13. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I think the key in the phrase from Jesus is those who “seek” after signs. As I said, they would rather have “other” than to just have Jesus – even if Jesus comes only in the form of word, water, bread and wine.

    So why would a Christian ever go seek after a sign? Because “other” is better to them.

  14. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Thank you Dusty

  15. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    em, I think Jesus did his miracles because people needed them. They needed healing, so he healed. They needed feeding so he fed them. They needed resurrection, so he resurrected them. He calmed nature because nature needed calming. None of them needed a rabbit that came out of a hat. 😉

  16. dusty says:

    I just want Jesus

  17. John 20:29 says:

    #15 – i think you’re right, MLD 😯 those miracles happened simply because Jesus was God and He was passing by…

    also… amen to the key word thought in #13… a VERY important thought IMHO

  18. John 20:29 says:

    amen also to dusty… what’s the old song? “Jesus is all the world to me, my life, my hope my all….”

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