TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, July 26, 2018:
Something material or external that stands or signifies something spiritual; divinely ordained event pointing to something larger or more important; a miracle.
And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
In Jesus time here on earth He was asked for a miraculous sign to prove He was who He said He was, the Son of God. Many people today have been asking if there are signs in the scripture that would help them know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus is God.
In the book of John, the author John records for us seven signs that prove the deity of Jesus. The word, “SIGNS” in the book of John is the key that John uses to unlock the door to our understanding of the miracles, powers, wonders and words of Jesus. John’s purpose in writing these was twofold. First, that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ and the Son of God. Secondly, that by believing we may have life in His name. Here are the seven signs:
• In John 2:1-11 we are told that Jesus turned water into wine to prove His power to create.
• In John 4:46-54 we read that Jesus healed a nobleman’s son to prove that He can prolong life.
• In John 5:1-18 it is recorded that Jesus healed a sick man at the pool of Bethesda to prove His power to give life.
• In John 6:1-14 we read about Jesus feeding five thousand with a young boy’s lunch to prove His power to supply the necessities of life.
• In John 6:15-21 it is recorded that Jesus walked on the water to prove His power to protect life.
• In John 9:1-4 Jesus gave sight to a blind beggar to prove His power to illuminate life.
• In John 11: 38-44 we read about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead to prove His power to recreate life.
Every miracle Jesus did was confirmation of His deity and His divinity. In John 20:28 we read probably the most heartfelt confession of faith in the divinity of Jesus ever uttered or written. When Thomas saw Jesus after His death and resurrection and touched Jesus’ nail pierced hands and wounded side Thomas said: “MY LORD AND MY GOD.” This was a declaration by Thomas of the divinity and deity of Jesus. In that moment Thomas recognized that without a doubt Jesus was who He said He was, the Son of God.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Matthew 5:8.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Thank You for the many assurances (signs) You have given us in Your Word that You alone are the one true God. Thank You that I can be assured that You are my God and that You are with me in all I do and that my faith in You is well founded.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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