Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.
A common thread throughout history is the way that people chase after God for signs. Sometimes it is about rain for crops.. many times a quest for prosperity.. often hurting people simple want relief. Don't get me wrong.. I have many needs and want to see miraculous signs.. but I have learned that seeking signs and seeking God are opposites.
I remember that night in 1976 when I first prayed. My heart broke as I saw my young wife go forward for healing prayer. I closed my eyes and told God that I would give my life to him if he healed her. As soon as I prayed that prayer I knew that it was wrong and responded by giving my life to Him with not strings attached.
Interesting how the religious leaders now want a sign after quarreling with Jesus when he gave them signs on the Sabbath. Their request for a sign comes across as a bit preposterous. Yet to them, and to us, Jesus speaks of the sign given to all peoples of all times.. the resurrection.. in truth no other sign is needed.
Help me Lord to be one who seeks you for who you are and not what you do.