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Hey guys! I am honored that you would take the time to read this blog. I hope that what I have to share will be worth your time. You may ask yourself, "What's up with the title of this blog?" The title Siloam's Pool comes from John 9:7. There was a man who came to Jesus who was born blind. As Jesus and the disciples passed by the man, Jesus used this man's condition to teach an important spiritual lesson to his followers. Jesus affirmed that the man had been born blind in order that God might be honored through this man's life. Then Jesus said in a dramatic statement, "We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:4-5). He then told the man to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam. The name "Siloam" means "sent." The man went and washed and came back seeing. It is my hope that through this blog, that perhaps someone might see as a result of the truth that is shared here. I will do my best to honor your time. God bless!

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Seeking a Sign
July 28, 2011
            In Mark 8:11, the Pharisees come to Jesus and are angry at Him for calling them out for their disbelief. In fact, Jesus had warned the people not to follow their line of reasoning. This infuriated them and caused them to seek after Jesus to get Him to perform some kind of sign for them to believe.

            The fact of the matter is that Jesus had actually performed many signs for the people to see and believe. God never expects us to have a blind faith, but many times we are like Gideon in Judges 7, where we ask God for such specific signs to help us believe. Sometimes these signs are so peculiar that they indicate our lack of faith. Gideon needed many different signs for him to believe that God would do what He said He would.

The Pharisees were the same way. The fact was that Jesus had healed the blind, the lame, cast out demons, and raised the dead. In fact, John 21:25 says,

 Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. (ESV)

They wanted a performance, not evidence. This leads us to ask the question of ourselves, what sign do we seek from heaven to make us believe?

            Jesus responded to the Pharisees by saying that only one sign would be given to them. It really was an act of mercy from God upon them, because the sign which Jesus gave is really the only sign that any of us need to prove the existence of God. The sign is the sign of Jonah.

            You may wonder what the sign of Jonah is. After reading Jonah 1 you will see that the sing is none other than the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the one sign above all other signs that proves that Jesus is who He says that He is. If a man can die and be raised from the dead, then He must have come from God.

            The simple fact is that you cannot explain away the resurrection. There are many articles that have been written on the defense of the resurrected Jesus, and I will not labor the point here. But a sincere look at the evidence for the resurrection and a reference to Jesus’ words here point to Him as our great Savior. I challenge you to search the Scriptures to see what other things Jesus has to say about our lives as you read everything that this one who has risen from the dead has told us. God bless!

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