Good morning! Have you ever been too busy to read a sign? Maybe you were rushing or were so focused on one thing, that you missed everything around you. What about those signs we fail to read, especially when someone says, “didn’t you read the sign?” Well today we will read about people who failed to believe the signs. Join me as we continue in Matthew chapter 12.
BIBLE VERSE – Matthew 12:38-40 NLT
“38 One day some teachers of religious law and Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we want you to show us a miraculous sign to prove your authority.”
39 But Jesus replied, “Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign; but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah. 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.”
Jesus knew the hearts and thoughts of the teachers and Pharisees. He knew they had seen signs and miracles before, but they decided to ignore them and remain in a stance of disbelief. While Jesus went on, He called them out as a nation that was adulterous/unfaithful to God because of their rejection of Jesus being the Messiah. They were given the Scriptures and they heard them their entire life, but now their hearts are like stone toward the Messiah – Jesus Christ.
In true fashion, Jesus set them straight…”the only sign you will see is the sign of the Prophet Jonah…three days and three nights Jonah was in the belly, so will Jesus be in the earth.” Yet, they missed that sign too.
Sisters and brothers, we often miss what Jesus is doing in the world because we are so focused on other things instead of the main thing – Jesus Christ. The grave could not keep Jesus beyond three days. He is alive today, sitting on the right hand of the Father and all authority has been given to Him. It’s not too late to repent and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. It’s not too late for Him to soften a hardened heart. It’s no too late to pray for your family members to accept Christ as the Lord of their lives and to be their personal Savior.
Here are some questions to ponder:
- Will you refocus your attention to focus on Jesus? ________
- Who do you need to pray for today? _________
Father God, we are grateful that you are a loving and gracious God. You are a God who is slow to anger and you are merciful. Lord, thank you for protecting us from the enemy who desires to destroy us. Lord, thank you for being with us and for comforting us each day. Lord the signs of your power and presence are all around us. Lord, help us to see you at work in our lives and in our homes. Work within us and strengthen our faith in you. Hold us and deliver us from the things that keep us apart from you. Lord, use us to share the gospel message and your love for all of us. Lord, transform us to be more like you. In Jesus name, amen.
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