Seeking Signs and Wonders

"And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, 'When it is evening, you say, 'It will be fair weather; for the sky is red.' And in the morning, 'It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah.' So he left them and departed." 1

"And Jesus began to say to them, 'Take heed that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he!' and they will lead many astray. And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places, there will be famines; this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs." 2

Expectant Eyes

The children of Apocalypse
Seek signs and wonders from their Lord:
He'll come to free them from their crypts;
He'll quell the foe on steed with sword.

The son of a poor carpenter,
Born in a barn; died in disgrace.
Some hoped he was the conqueror:
The one who'd free their Chosen Race.

The Master of the Universe,
Stays hidden in a humble host.
In His kingdom, the last are first:
It is the least who find Him most.

He walks among the poor and weak;
Those who look to Him in their need,
Will find the Bridegroom whom they seek:
The souls who hunger He will feed.

He stays with us in each moment,
In both the sludge and the sublime.
His kingdom comes in the present:
He's with us 'til the end of time.

Expectant eyes fixed on the sky
Can't see the Lord who walks on by.

(c) Paul Buis, 2000

1. Matthew 16:1-4
2. Mark 13:5-8