“Signs”

Signs occur in a variety of situations to: Warn—BRIDGE OUT! DETOUR AHEAD ! Advise—BEST WHEN SERVED HOT! ENTRANCE IN BACK! Advertize –SALE! GRAND OPENING! Inform—EXIT! CLOSED ON SUNDAYS! Brag—BEST FOOD
IN DENVER! MY SON IS AN HONOR STUDENT! Amuse—ROSA’S MEXICAN CAFÉ-PRAISE THE LARD! STOP, DROP AND ROLL DOESN’T WORK IN HELL! SEATING FOR 1,000—13 AT A TIME!

Of course the word sign can also have a variety of other meanings: token, trace, omen, language and writing your signature. It expands even more by adding a preposition: sign in, sign up, sign off, sign on, etc, etc.

There are many written signs in the New Testament that Christians need to heed. Peter advised us to, BE PREPARED (to give an answer to seekers) (1 Pe 3:15). He warns us of a, ROARING LION AHEAD (the devil) (1 Pe 5:8). He also warns us to prepare for the end times, EARTH ON FIRE (2 Pe 3:10-12). Paul says that we can only boast in the, CROSS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST (Gal 6:14). He informs us that NO WORK, NO EAT (1 Thes 3:10). Pilate advertized the importance of Christ by having a notice fastened to the cross which read, JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS (Jo 19:19). I couldn’t find an example of an amusing written sign, (maybe you can) but Jesus used verbal humor when rebuking the Jewish religious leaders, “You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.” (Mt 23:24) “You look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye.” (Mt 7:3)

Obviously if we look at all the written instruction in the New Testament we would find many, many more “signs” to write about. We could also avoid many of the traps set for us by our enemy the devil. We could also better heed the advice that Paul gave Timothy to teach others so they also could teach others (1 Tim 2:2).

—Jim Bailey