Faith Baptist Church of State College, Pennsylvania

A Sign
          

“God, show me a sign!” Often, this statement is made with the implication that if God did show a sign, then the person would believe. This sounds innocent and reasonable in and of itself. Yet such a declaration fails to recognize (yea, it even repudiates) the climactic sign that God has given to man.

“Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

The climactic sign is not accidental in the unfolding revelation of God’s salvation to man. For it brings together two great strands of God’s redemptive activity inseparably uniting them in this Son to come who would be “Immanuel—God with us!”

The first great strand is that of God entering into covenant with man. The first three such covenants had integral signs: the Noahic covenant—the sign of God’s bow in the clouds (Gen. 9:12, 13); the Abrahamic covenant—the sign of circumcision (Gen. 17:11); and the Mosaic covenant—the sign of the Sabbath (Ex. 31:13). Entering into committed relationship with Noah (and mankind), Abraham (and his seed), and Moses (and the nation of Israel), God gave unique signs on each occasion.

The second great strand is that of God redeeming a people out of slavery into relationship with Himself to be His holy and treasured people (cf Ex. 19:5, 6; Deut. 26:18). This historical event of the exodus is a manifestation of the mighty signs and wonders and miracles of the Lord, as the Word of the Lord says in Deut. 4:32-35: “Indeed, ask now concerning the former days which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and inquire from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything been done like this great thing…or has a god tried to go to take for himself a nation from within another nation by trials, by signs and wonders and by war and by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm and by great terrors, as the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? To you it was shown that you might know that the LORD, He is God; there is no other besides Him.”

Dear brethren, the “better” covenant (Heb. 8:6-13) and the “so-great” redemptive act of God (Heb. 2:3) came with a climactic sign—that of the birth of God the Son by the Virgin Mary. The very birth which we joyfully celebrate this month is THE SIGN that our hearts might turn from unbelief to believing in the “living and true” God (cf I Th. 1:9). I thank God for each of you. May you and your household be enriched in the Son during this blessed Christmas season.

Love in Christ,
Pastor Drew

 

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