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A Sign From Heaven

September 1, 2014

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A Sign  From Heaven

We know how it is.     We always want  “a sign  from heaven”.     We want  to know for sure  that God really loves us  —  so we want  to see Him heal us,  provide a good job  to care for our needs,  bless us  with success  —  and all sorts  of things  like that.     Those are the kinds  of things  people imagine  “prove”  God’s love  —  and existence.     People also imagine  that they have been good enough  to have earned  these sorts  of rewards  in life.

People have not changed  since the beginning  of time.     We’re still  just as testy  as people were  in the beginning.      Because  of their sheer unbelief,  the Pharisees and Sadducees  belligerently wanted  to test Jesus  and have Him “prove”  that He really was  the promised Savior.     Matthew 16:1-4 reads,

The Pharisees  and Sadducees came up,  and testing Jesus,  they asked Him  to show them  a sign  from heaven.     But He replied  to them,  “When it is evening,  you say, ‘It will be fair weather,  for the sky  is red.’     And in the morning,  ‘There will be a storm today,  for the sky  is red  and threatening.’     Do you know how  to discern  the appearance  of the sky,  but cannot discern  the signs  of the times?

“An evil  and adulterous generation  seeks after a sign;  and a sign  will not be given it,  except  the sign  of Jonah.”     And He left them  and went away.

We should not dare  to be a part of  “an evil  and adulterous generation”  that  “seeks after a sign.     Their unbelief  made them “evil”.     Their hypocrisy made them  “adulterous”.     They pretended  to love  and serve the LORD,  but in reality  did not trust  the words  of God.     Instead,  they trusted  in their own supposed righteousness  and felt  they were perfectly capable  of working their way  to heaven.     They knew how  to predict  the weather,  but they did not know how  to  “discern  the signs  of the times”.

So,  what were  “the signs  of the times”?      Those religious leaders  should have been able  to discern  that all the miracles  Jesus had already performed  were proof  that He was the Savior.     Jesus’ ability  to strongly preach  the truths  of God  were proof  —  a sign  from heaven.     The evidence  of Jesus’ perfectly righteous life  was a strong “sign  from heaven”.     No one else  was able  to live  as Godly  of a life  as Jesus did.     So,  there were plenty  of  “signs”  for the people  to take  into consideration.

And  Jesus’ true followers  did take  all those  “signs”  into consideration.     They didn’t quite understand  how everything fit together,  but they were sure that Jesus was sent  from God  to lead them  and be their teacher  in God’s ways.

Since the  “evil  and adulterous”  people would not accept  all the “signs” already given,  they would only have  “the sign  of Jonah”,  which Jesus explains in Matthew 12:40,

“for as Jonah was  in the belly  of the great fish  for three days  and three nights,  so will the Son  of Man  be in the heart  of the earth  for three days  and three nights.”

What a “sign”!     And they still did not believe.     We need  to look  at all the “signs”  —  the Old Testament prophecies  of the Savior  —  and see how they were fulfilled  in Christ Jesus.     Then,  we’ll say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You for faithfully keeping  all Your promises  —  Your signs  that we may rest assured.”

Love,
Margaret

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