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Here's Your Sign

Matthew 12:38-45

Verse 39 He answered,“A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.

We have probably all asked for a sign at one time or another, mostly because we didn't like what we were feeling prompted to do or maybe we were afraid. But this wasn't just an ordinary sign that these men were looking for; if it were they would have had plenty of miracles that would be signs enough. But since they, like we, are focused on the sign not the One we are asking for the sign we miss the point of the mission that we are being lead on.

Jesus told this group of Pharisees that the reason they were asking for a sign was because they were a wicked and adulterous generation and then He points them to two examples of non-Jewish peoples that are going to fair better in judgment than they are because of how they believed and yet they didn't know Him, had never seen Him. But this generation was seeing Him do all these miracles and yet they wanted Him to make it more obvious that He was who He said He was. You see if He did something to prove that He was the Messiah, they could get Him for claiming to be God but if He couldn't prove it they could make it known that He was a fraud and their places of authority could be solidified.

So who are the key figures in these examples? Well, Jonah was a reluctant prophet that after preaching only one day saw a city of his enemies repent and mourn over their sin (see the book of Jonah). And the queen was in awe of Solomon because God had given him such wisdom (1 Kings 10:1-13). Jesus said that something greater than Jonah and Solomon was there before them and they were missing it or rather, dismissing it.

These Pharisees had all the opportunity in the world to know who Jesus really was but they didn't want Him to be the Promised One. They didn't want to believe that this is what they had been hoping for. It didn't look like they thought it would.

But Jesus wasn't done. He would give them a sign, the sign of Jonah, but they would still miss the sign - His death and resurrection.

Making it personal

Do you struggle seeing Him as Lord in your life? Is it because life isn't turning out like you thought it would? Are you willing to surrender to Him in all ways and in all things?

Making it personal kids

It is hard sometimes to obey when it doesn't make sense to us, but does that mean we don't have to obey? Draw a picture of what happened to Jonah when he didn't obey.

Closing prayer

Father, forgive us for questioning You. Please give us hearts that desire to repent and surrender to You. In Jesus' name, amen.

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