Lift the Veil

SERMON NOTES
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
Miracles
John 2:1-11

“Lift the Veil”

This sermon series is less about understanding miracles and more about awakening to the power of God. In the book, The Grave Robber, Mark Batterson explores the seven miraculous signs of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. Over the next seven weeks we will do the same hoping that as we see these signs of the power of God in the Gospel of John we can also see God’s miraculous power today.

Theme: Open your eyes and heart to the power of God.

Purification Ritual Reversed with Jesus
In changing water into wine Jesus is crashing any barriers to the power of God. Purification was no longer about ritual and Jewish Law it was about Jesus. New wine: new cleansing, new intimacy, new joy, is open to all who are willing to follow Jesus.

The Veil was lifted with Jesus
There is a Hebrew concept called “Shekinah Glory” that comes from the Hebrew word, “shekinot.” It represents the miraculous dwelling of God with his people. God’s presence was manifested by the intense light that filled the Tabernacle, in the Temple in Jerusalem, “Shekinah Glory.” This “Shekinah Glory” this dwelling place of God was in the chamber of the “Holy of Holies” in the Temple that was covered with a veil that separated God’s glory and power from the people. But we know that when Jesus died on the cross and his side was pierced the veil suddenly ripped. Jesus crashed the barrier to the power of God. Jesus death on the cross represents our access to the power of God through Jesus.

My prayer for you and me is to lift the veil in our lives that separate us from fully awakening to the power of God in our lives.
Lift the veil!

Questions:
Why is there a lack of wonder and mystery in our lives today?
What barriers do we create to keep ourselves from fully embracing the power of God?
How can we access more the power of God in our lives?