Weekend Meditation: You Don’t Need No Stinking Proof!

Read: Matthew 16-17

One day the Pharisees and Sadducees came to test Jesus, demanding that he show them a miraculous sign from heaven to prove his authority. He replied, “…Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign…” (Matthew 16:1 & 4, NLT)

A sign?  They want another sign?  You’ve got to be kidding!

Keep in mind that Jesus had just delivered the demonized daughter of a Syro-Phoenicean woman (Matthew 16:21-28, NLT).  He had just healed scores of people—“the crippled were made well, the lame were walking, and the blind could see again”—in Galilee (Matthew 15:29-31, NLT).  Then to top it off, he had just fed 4,000 men (not including women and children) with seven loaves of bread and a few fish—with seven doggy bags for his disciples afterward (Matthew 15:32-39, NLT).

Now the Pharisees and Sadducees had the gall to ask Jesus to show them a miracle!  As we used to say when I was a kid (for which I was usually reprimanded by my very prim and proper mother), “what did they want, egg in their beer?” What else could Jesus do, raise someone from the dead before their very eyes? (Oh yeah, he’d already done that!)  Come on, did they expect him to die and come back to life again to prove his divine authority? (Oops, guess he did that, too!)

The point is, Jesus has already done plenty to prove himself to anyone who is half interested in who he is.  The Father has done more than enough to authenticate that Jesus is indeed the Son of God—and as such, is worthy to be accepted as Savior and obediently followed as Lord.  The verifiable claim of the Word of God and the clarion witness of the Holy Spirit in our inner being both shout loud and clear that Jesus is Messiah, Son of God, Savior of the world and Lord of the universe!

At some point with Jesus, we need to stop demanding proof for faith and start proving our faith—whether or not we have signs, wonders and miracles to, yet again, excite our trust that Jesus is who he said he is.

Miracles are nice—but our faith doesn’t depend on them for stability.  You’ve got all the proof you need!  So why don’t you prove your faith in Jesus by giving him your trust today!

Have a great weekend!

Pastor Ray

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