Looking for Signs

LeRoy Koopman

READ : John 6:28-34

“What sign are you going to give us, then,” asked the people, “so that we may see it and believe in you” (v. 30)?

That wasn’t an unreasonable request, of course. We have a right to be human and skeptical. There are a lot of frauds around. We want proof. We want assurance. We don’t want to be duped. We wish to be sure that our trust is in a genuine God!

So we look for signs. Visible, concrete, objective signs, like manna in the wilderness. Or the ability to speak in tongues. Or an immediate cure for lameness. Or snakes that don’t bite. Or success in a business deal.

But do you see the problems here? Unscrupulous people will sometimes manipulate and fake the signs. All too often it’s we, mere humans, who decide what signs God is supposed to produce. We command, and if God doesn’t jump, we won’t believe. Isn’t that backward and contradictory?

The true sign, said Jesus, is “the bread of God” that “comes down from heaven and gives life to the world” (v. 33). In other words, Jesus himself is the sign. Jesus himself is the proof of God’s power and presence. When we experience the new life that Christ gives, we need not look farther. No other sign is necessary.


Help us, Father, to believe fully in Christ without demanding additional “signs” of the presence of God. In his name.