love the words of Christ in Luke 9:44, "Let these sayings sink down into your ears..." There are many things about the Christian faith that demand an adequate explanation, our undivided attention, and some old-fashioned meditation. That is not to say that Christianity is supposed to be either complex or confusing. There is simplicity in Christ. The gospel is plain and simple. The concepts of repentance, faith, sin, righteousness, heaven, hell, God and the devil are not complicated. However, since God's ways are so different than the ways of worldly wisemen, we frequently encounter doctrines & circumstances that need some clarification. This chapter includes a hodgepodge of just such things.
One question (that is often presented to me concerning Christianity) regards the fact that both the Old & the New Testaments are chocked full of physical miracles, & yet inexplicable miracles seem to be glaringly lacking today. The simplest answer to this question is that we have the whole Bible now. In the days when the Nile was transformed into blood & the Red Sea parted, there were no Bibles. Today we have the whole story; all 66 books of it. The revelation is complete, & it has stood the test of time. Public signs & wonders in this era are generally not the work of God.