After Jesus sent the crowd away, he got into the boat with his disciples and went to an area called Magadan.
As others had done before, some Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. Here’s how Jesus responded:
He sighed deeply and said, “When evening comes, you say, “It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,” and in the morning, “Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.” You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side.
(Matthew 15:39-16:4; Mark 8:11-13)
The religious leaders were blind to the truth. They could see signs in the sky to predict the weather but completely missed the great sign of the times standing right in from of them: Jesus — God in the flesh. He performed miracle after miracle after miracle but still they refused to believe and demanded that he put on yet another show.
Jesus declined. Instead, he foreshadowed THE sign once again by referencing the “sign of Jonah” as a harbinger of his death and resurrection.
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
He’s God in the flesh, as his death and resurrection prove once and for all.
2. What exactly should we do?
Don’t test Jesus by demanding more signs of his existence. He has provided ample evidence that he is who he says he is. Ask him to open your eyes to the truth of his reality all around you more and more each day.
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