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There are seven events in the Gospel of John that are commonly referred to as the 7 Signs of John: Water into wine, Healing of a nobleman’s son, Healing of a man at the Pool of Bethesda, Feeding the 5,000, Walking on the water in the midst of a storm, Healing a blind man, and Raising Lazarus from the dead. We would call these miracles; John called them signs. The word sign is a technical term in the Gospel of John that refers specifically to the 7 miracles that serve to point people to belief in Jesus. These miracles are the subject of our study as we begin this New Year. Last week, we read the account of the first sign—Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding. Although that sounds a little odd to us, the miracle helps us to see that when we have a need that seems impossible, we can call on Jesus. He can do all things.
In John 4:43-54, we see a man experiencing massive desperation. While his plans are ultimately to see his dying son healed, Jesus is concerned more about the man having genuine belief. Jesus teaches us that it is not our plans that we ought to cling to, but his promises of hope.
Have you ever been desperate? If you have been you know it can lead a person to do unthinkable things...
The story of Saul and the medium asks us, "When 'desperate times call for desperate measures', will we move forward with worldly desperation or holy desperation?"
It is the absence of desperation that causes believers to miss God.
“Arise, Call on Your God…” What will motivate us to move on behalf of this generation? So the captain came and said to him, “ What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.” Jonah 1:6 “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.” Romans 8:19 1. The desperation of the world. 2. The necessity of a situation. 3. The voice of God 4. Encouragement
Touching the hem of Jesus' robe...
David is in trouble and he needs help quick. There is no time for formalities, no time for rhetoric, just raw need. This Psalm is a passionate prayer filled with meaningful instruction. Let us examine the words of this godly man as he comes face to face with desperation.