Seeking After a Sign
“For 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.” Matthew 12:40
Here Jesus would authenticate the story of Jonah while proclaiming His own sacrifice to a group of Pharisees who were seeking after a sign. In the previous verse Jesus said in Matthew 12:39 – “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.”
We can ask ourselves if we too are looking for a sign? If so, what kind of sign? If I find it, is it a sign from God through His Word or did I manufacture that sign myself? Did I stretch my own spiritual imagination to call it a sign from God? Also, why am I seeking this sign? Let’s ask one more question, why is Jesus comparing his, “being in the heart of the earth experience” with Jonah’s “being in the belly of the great fish experience?” Jesus and Jonah are both pictures of judgement, because as Jonah ran from the calling of God, he was sent to the belly of the great fish as a level of punishment/chastening. We too facilitated through sin the punishment that our Lord Jesus took upon the cross, and when Christ took His last breath on that cross He spiritually went to the heart of the earth as told in Ephesians 4:9-10. “He ascended” what does it mean but that He also descended into the lower parts of the earth.”
As we consider the generation in which we live, how are we in comparison to those Jesus spoke to in the passage of Matthew 12? Are we seeking a sign? Or do we solely rely upon His Word and His Spirit? Knowing through my relationship with Him and my serving Him that I am not seeking a sign that requires an answer like the one Jesus gave to these Pharisees. My prayer is that we are the ones reflecting His love, grace, mercy and submission. The fruits of His Spirit are the greatest sign of a true child of God, He is such a great and awesome God!
Pastor Jack Jimenez