Matthew 16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.
When I was a teenager there was a song produced in 1971 by a group called “The Five Man Electrical Band.” The name of the song was simply “SIGNS.” There was a line in that song which read, “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?” What the song was trying to say was that there were so many signs around that you could not even enjoy the life that these signs were intending to make better.
Today we find many people are looking for a sign of Christ. They will flock to the church that seems to be able to perform the greatest miracles. Signs and wonders seem to draw a crowd. However, Jesus while on earth, warned the Pharisees about looking for a sign. They were told the only real sign they needed and would receive was the same as the prophet Jonas, (or Jonah as it is spelt in Old Testament), who was three days in the belly of a great fish and then brought out to declare salvation to the people of Nineveh. Jesus gave them that sign later as he was also three days in the earth and rose to declare total victory over Satan, hell, and the grave. Yet even when that sign was complete, the Pharisees still would not believe. They had their heart set on seeing another sign.
I wonder how many people will miss that the true sign of salvation was what Christ did at Calvary while still looking at all the wonders and signs of man.
Signs, signs, yes everywhere there is a sign. There are signs in the heavens of the magnitude of God. We see signs in the one-cell creatures of the details to which God attends. We have signs in the wonder of a newborn baby as to the love of life that God displays. The greatest sign of His ultimate love for us was the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ. Do not miss eternal life while looking for another sign!
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
2 Chronicles 33, 34 / Psalm 13 / Proverbs 13 / Matthew 16, 17
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Ezra 8-10 / Acts 12
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