Sunday, February 26th, 2017
Matthew 16 (Part 3)
The Sign Of Jonah
A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
Matthew 16:4 (NKJV)
The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.
Luke 11:32 (NKJV)
At key times in the ministry of Christ, including His endurance on The Cross, Israel's top spiritual leaders challenged Jesus to prove Himself to them. Like demanding diners to a waiter, they requested a la carte miracles: asking God's Son to perform on command.
Although the King of kings came to help us, He maintained the right to serve whom He chose. His selective service criteria included faith, need, pluck, humility--and surely more things mere mortals can't know. Thus, miracles happen as God sees fit.*
However, the sign of resurrection (miraculously rising to new life after being entombed for three long days), was previewed by Jonah in a great fish and mastered by Jesus in a dark tomb. Both resurrections offered salvation for even the worst sinners who believed.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: If this generation is wicked, and adultery is commonplace, consider two spiritual truths:
1) The Savior to Whom you're betrothed defines the act of adultery as loving anything more than Him. Anything includes family, friends, food, wealth, work, sports, homes, cars or comforts. If you're guilty, repent right away. If your inner circle is guilty, consider a new inner circle. Until then, don't expect miracles.
2) Scoffers dampen spiritual fires, including passion, purpose and paths commissioned for you by the Lord. Even more, religious hypocrites prefer the burying of talents. Because if Christians multiply them to reflect God's radiant glory, the dullness of pastoral phonies will be exposed in comparison.
These truths noted, the sign of Jonah is an ever-present miracle just waiting on people to believe.
To Be Continued...
* Interesting article: Why Couldn't Jesus Perform Miracles in His Hometown?https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/983-why-couldnt-jesus-perform-miracles-in-his-hometown
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Matthew 16 series.