by Rev Lai Kai Ming
Readings: John 20:1-31; Proverbs 6:1-5
READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 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.
There seems to be some contradiction in the above verses about the importance of signs. On the one hand, Jesus seemed to suggest that those who do not depend on signs for faith are more blessed. Yet John concluded that signs were performed and recorded so that readers would believe. So are signs necessary or not?
Personally, I feel that signs are important and good, as long as it remain signs, and not the destination. Signs must necessary be few and strategically placed to be useful. Imagine a long road littered with signs every few meters – it would render the traveller’s experience quite unpleasant! In my life, there were critical points where the Lord showed me a sign, so that I knew where to go. But there were also times when I asked for one, but none came. I suppose we will all do well to note Paul’s timeless words:
1 Corinthians 1:22-23
For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified …
Lord, help me to journey on, with or without signs. For Your Word has given me light sufficient for my path, and strength enough for my road.