by Pastor Sarah Breckenridge, Executive Pastor
Jesus sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign?” Mark 8:12a
Ahhh…the power of a sigh…something I have found myself doing more often these days. Nice to know Jesus could relate. I think we can all relate to a sigh — a deep breath released, our need for some Spirit-power to face what is coming.
“Will they ever get it?” Jesus wonders.
He is struggling with the people in power who are still demanding signs from him, knowing that no matter how many signs he produces, they will not acknowledge him as the “Son of God,” “Anointed One,” the “One who Saves.”
Even today there are signs all over the place of God’s presence and power, yet we so quickly forget or need another one. We become overwhelmed by what we are presently facing and we forget how Jesus just got us through yesterday.
We distrust, when God shows again and again that God is the only one worthy of our complete trust. We see and hear about God’s goodness, yet struggle to believe it. We have experienced the healing power of God’s love, yet still don’t trust it.
The good news is that regardless of our faith or trust, Christ keeps delivering signs, so we pray the Spirit opens our eyes and hearts to receive them.
What if today you lived trusting fully in Christ, who has come to heal you? What if today you took a few moments to remember how God has shown up in the past?
“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign…” Come and experience one in worship this weekend.