I am a sign….
M’mmmmmmmaaan! What a beautiful day this is going to be. The wonderful warm sun is just now breaking over the hilltop; the colorful meadows are beginning to come alive with the little creatures that God has made. And the morning song birds are starting their melodious tunes.
Oh how happy I am to be where I am and who I am. Why as far as I’m concerned, right here at this crossroad is the best place in the whole world to be.
Just think of it, if it wasn’t for me folks that come to this crossroad, as they are on their journey, would not know which direction to go.
Yes sir, I am a very important thing in the lives of those who pass by. After all, if it wasn’t for me how would they know that the road to the left leads to destruction, and the road to the right is the way to joy and happiness.
I am so glad that I am a sign; I wouldn’t want to be anything else that I know of. Of course this is all I have ever known since as long as I can remember. And I have always been here at this cross road helping travelers find the way to their journeys end.
I was on a very old tree for a long time, but three winters ago there was a great lightening storm and the tree was struck with a bold of lightening and was knocked over.
I was buried in the muddy ditch for several weeks before someone found me. You should have seen the travelers that came by; their faces were so full of confusion and fear, and so many of them took the road to destruction. I was so sad to see people with no one to point them in the right direction.
Well, after awhile the sign maker came along and found me in the ditch. It was so wonderful to be found again. I was dried and cleaned off; then he gave me a new coat of paint and before he left me I was placed upon a nice new post. Now everyone can see which way to go again.
I have personally never seen another sign, but I know that there must be many, many others because I hear the travelers that come by talk about them.
Some will say, “Look there’s another sign, what does it say?” Or they may say that I am a much smaller sign than the one in the last town. So I know that I am not alone in the family of signs.
The family that I belong to is very old; matter-of-fact, it goes back clear into the Bible days.
The first sign in the Bible was when God and Moses were dealing with that evil Pharaoh in Egypt (Ex. 4:8). Matter-of-fact ten signs were given to that wicked man and do you know–he still didn’t want to let God’s people go. What a fool.
When God gave the children of Israel the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Ex. 13:9) He gave them very little signs for their hand and between the eyes–so that when others would see the signs they would know what God had said.
In the book of Numbers the sixteenth chapter, Korah and all that were in his family rebelled against Moses and God’s instructions so the earth opened up and swallowed all of them, and fire came from heaven and consumed the 250 men who were burning incenses. Then God told them to make a sign out of the brass censers that the men had been using.
In Joshua the forth chapter, one man from each of the twelve tribes of Israel took a stone from the middle of the Jordan River where they had crossed over on dry ground. They then took those twelve stones and piled them on the river bank so that it would be a sign to all that saw the stones how faithful God is to deliver us from our enemies.
The two dead sons of Eli (I Sam. 2:34) that God destroyed for their sins in the holy temple became a sign to the others of God’s desire for a strong and holy priesthood.
Oh what an unusual sign it was that God gave to Hezekiah (II Kings 20:8) indicating that the Lord would heal him. Just think, causing the shadow on the sun dial to retreat or go backwards 10 degrees. What a sign that must have been!
I suppose that the greatest all time, number one, sign of all the Bible, and the one the more people in Bible days looked for than any other sign, has to be the virgin conceiving and bearing a Son called Immanuel (Isa. 7:14).
Boy oh boy, I’ll tell you, when this sign came along it would sure get a lot of attention. It’s a physical impossibility to be a virgin and have a baby at the same time! No wonder God used a sign so unusual and supernatural. Everybody would stop and take notice at that one.
There was also some very weird signs, like Isaiah walking naked and barefoot for three years as a sign to Egypt (Isa. 20:3).
Oh yes, let’s not forget old Jonah, Jesus said in Matt. 12:38 that his three day visit to “Hotel Whale’s Belly” was the only sign from God to an evil and adulterous generation that was seeking after a sign.
Then of course there is that great twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew filled with the signs of Christ’s coming and the end of the world.
The book of Luke is filled with wonderful signs, all pointing to the Christ and where He was, and who He was.
After all, that’s what a sign does, it points to something, or gives direction. A sign can also describe what you are looking at so that you are move able to enjoy it.
Paul tells the church at Corinth in I Cor. 14:22 that tongues are a sign pointing to the Holy Ghost for the unbeliever, but prophesying is a sign showing the believer what the Holy Ghost is up to.
Of all the signs that I know of in the entire Bible, the most exciting collection of them has to be in Mark 16:15-20 where Jesus tells His followers to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. And the signs that will follow the believers–all of them pointing to and leading men and women to the love of Christ, include healing sickness, casting out devils and speaking in new tongues.
Oh my what a collection of signs there must be in the whole world and what great signs there has been in the history of the world. It makes me feel so small and unimportant here at this lonely crossroads in the middle of nowhere. But I must be faithful to where I have been called and to what I have been called to do. After all someone is depending on me to be there in their time of need, faithfully pointing the way to that place of joy and peace.
So, my dear traveler, as you are passing by on your journey to that wonderful celestial city, remember this–first of all there will be many signs like me along the way and each of us will help you make the right choice so you won’t take that road to destruction and ruin.
Secondly, all of you travelers on the holy highway called the Church of Jesus Christ, are signs just like I am. You are a sign to the principalities and powers of God’s power on earth and their destruction to come (Eph. 3:10; Phil. 1:28)
Thirdly, as you walk the holy highway, be aware that many hungry, hopeless and broken souls are watching you, so be faithful to always be the sign that they need pointing them to the love of Jesus and His eternal forgiveness.
I. M. Sign, will not travel,
Chief Inspector, Department of Holy Highway