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Show a Sign from Heaven

April 24, 2019

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Show a Sign from Heaven

We all feel better  when we have a bit of assurance  that we are doing the right thing.     So we ask.     Will this book really teach me  all there is to know  about computers?     Will this investment  really pay big dividends?     Will an education  in this field really assure me  of a good, satisfying job?     Is this house really free  of termites?     Will this electronic device last very long?     We look for warranties,  guarantees,  and assurances  of various kinds.     That is good common sense  in and of itself.

But,  it is not good  to keep on asking  when we already have everything sitting right  in our lap.     All the goods are  in perfect condition,  all the assurances are written out  and proven  to be true,  all the promises and benefits are ours  for the taking.      After everything has proven its worth,  it is wrong  to still keep on asking  for more and more proof  of worth.

We have been given a guarantee  from heaven  that has more than proven  its worth.     We have been guaranteed  that Jesus Christ truly is the long-promised Savior,  who most assuredly  washes away all our sins  and makes us perfectly fit  for eternal life  in heaven.

And yet,  to this very day,  people still doubt  and question the authenticity  of Jesus Christ  as our Savior  from all sin.     We all have the proof sitting right  in our laps,  in the Bible.     The Bible is filled  with historical proofs  that only Jesus has fulfilled  all the prophecies  of a Savior given  since the beginning of time.     Because these doubters and questioners get so arrogant  in disregarding all the proof given  and keep on asking  for more proof,  Jesus leaves them  to their own devices.     There’s no sense  in arguing with them.     They refuse to listen anyway.

Matthew 16:1-4 recounts  how Jesus dealt  with the arrogant religious leaders,  who refused to consider the proof already  in front of them.     It says,

And the Pharisees and Sadducees came up,  and testing Him  asked Him  to show them a sign  from heaven.

But He answered  and said 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 all have all the signs  of prophecies  in the Old Testament  regarding the Savior  — and we have that “sign of Jonah”.     The  “sign of Jonah” was  that Jonah spent three days  in the whale’s belly,  and Jesus spent three days  in the tomb before rising  from the dead.     So,  what are we going to do  with all these signs  from heaven?     Before Jesus suffered and died,  He already said  He would rise  from the dead.    

The  “signs of the times” that Jesus said the religious leaders should be able  to discern  were all the details  of the Old Testament prophecies  that culminated  in Jesus Christ.     They had supposedly studied all  of Scripture  and should have recognized  at least some  of the fulfilled prophecies.     Instead,  they wanted to be snooty and arrogant  about all the miracles Jesus was performing  for the people — along with the awesome gospel  He was preaching.     Jesus’ popular preaching only served  to make them jealous and desirous  of putting Him down.

Is that how we are  with Jesus  and all the signs  from heaven  that accompanied His life,  suffering,  death,  and resurrection?     Are we still asking for more and more miracles  in our lives  before we will believe  in Jesus  as our Savior and King?

Jesus left those religious leaders.     Do we really want Him  to leave us, too?     It would be better  to humbly listen  and consider all  of the history  of prophecies God presents  to us.    

If Jesus leaves us  because of our arrogance and pride,  we are lost.     It’s time  to wake up  and get a grip on reality.     Then,  knowing  that Jesus really is Lord and God  over all,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  You are God and Savior!     There is no other Savior!”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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