But every time I see one I have this compulsive need to ask for details. Every tattoo tells a story. Some are funny, some sad, some just pointless. My dad used to have a t-shirt that said, “Marry a fat, tattooed woman. Have heat in the winter, shade in the summer and moving pictures all year!” It was illustrated with the woman described. I’m not sure where he got it and I only remember seeing it once. My mom made it vanish after it’s first appearance.
Whatever the case, tattoos are distinguishing marks that tell a story. They uniquely identify the person who wears them.
I’m reading through the Gospel of John. John writes for a singular purpose. He wants to persuade you to believe that Jesus is God. In the other gospels Jesus works miracles. Matthew, Mark and Luke want to demonstrate the power of Jesus. Not John. In the Gospel of John every miraculous thing Jesus does is called a ‘sign’. It’s ‘semeion‘ in the greek. It means, “distinguishing mark“.
John doesn’t show us miracles to demonstrate the power of Jesus, but to prove that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. John records 7 different miraculous signs. Each is a distinguishing mark that tells a story designed to convince you that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Him.
The evidence is convincing.
What are the distinguishing marks of your faith? What story does your life tell? Will your life paint a picture of Jesus that compels people to want to know Him?
John 20:30-31 says, “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”
I don’t have any tattoos – and you may not either, but we are the distinguishing marks of the story of Christ. What do people believe about Jesus because of you?