Gospel According to John 20:30-31

            “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, The Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name”.

The Gospel According to John is truly an amazing text. Often times we associate what Jesus does in the Gospel as “miracles”. It is interesting that John deliberately calls these “signs”. When Jesus and the Disciples fed the masses, when Jesus turned water into wine, or when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, these are some of the signs written so early Christians may come to believe. The writer of John demonstrates that there are those who are also not ready to believe. There were plenty who turned away or even chased Jesus with rocks (Yikes!), but there were, of course, those who came to Jesus ready to believe in him for the signs that had been done. This is the essence of the Gospel According to John. Communities of believers using this testament specifically written so one may believe in all of the great things God has done and how such a faith gives us life.

That’s great! But what about now? I didn’t get to hang out with Jesus drinking wine at a wedding, I wasn’t at my best friend Lazarus’ tomb watching him walk out to Jesus after his body had been decaying for 4 days, I definitely didn’t touch the pierced side of Jesus after he was resurrected. Does that mean that the signs of God being with us are over? Were these the only signs to happen? I don’t think so! In fact, the author of John claims that there were so many signs “if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” (Gospel According to John 21:25b). The signs were written so we may come to believe how God is still very present in our lives. As I begin this new weekly reflection I invite you to come with me on this journey to see how God is still present in our lives. I hope this new weekly reflection may serve as an opportunity to reflect on the signs of God acting out in these amazing, physical, tangible ways in our lives here and now. I’m excited to be starting this with you and growing together in community as we witness God’s presence today. May these reflections be written in a way that we may come to believe in the signs of the times and give us life in our faith journeys. 

Blessings,

Stephen Eberhard

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