HOST: Michael Whitworth
SPONSOR: Logos Bible Software
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 will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed.
The ironic thing about the request of the Pharisees and Sadducees in this passage is that Jesus’ ministry had been full of signs (we have read about many of them lately). On a daily basis, Jesus displayed power over the elements, the human body, and even life itself in ways that were not possible by human means. He had proven, over and over, that He was the Holy One of God. The problem was that these Jewish leaders simply refused to see the signs. They refused to allow themselves to believe that Jesus was who He claimed to be. They wanted something greater, something unmistakable. They wanted Jesus to bow to their will and provide a sign that was grand enough to be worthy of their belief. But Jesus refused. He refused to offer them any sign other than the sign of Jonah, that He would spend three days in the earth as Jonah did in the belly of the great fish, and then be raised to life once more. May God help us to “see the signs” and believe in the Lord Jesus with all of our hearts, giving our lives fully to Him.
What “signs” do you see in the life of Christ that help you believe?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!