Unlimited: The Pharisees Ask for a Sign
Dec 30, 2020 1158
The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven. He sighed deeply and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to it.” Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side (Mark 8:11–13, NIV).
The Pharisees were following Jesus everywhere, peppering him with questions, and challenging him at every turn.
They can’t deny his wisdom or the evidence of his miracles. But still, they can’t work out who he is, because he doesn’t conform to what they expected according to their worldview.
There are some people whom no evidence will ever convince. The Pharisees didn’t believe in Jesus because of any lack of evidence. There were many strands of powerful evidence that came together to point to Jesus as the Messiah sent from God. The Pharisees knew the prophecies that Jesus was fulfilling, they heard his teachings, and they were witnesses of his mighty works.
The reason why the Pharisees didn’t believe in Jesus because they didn’t want to believe in him, simply because Jesus didn’t conform to their opinions and worldview. It was easier for them to simply explain everything away.
They were always asking Jesus for yet another sign, but Jesus refused to give it to them. Jesus didn’t play games. It was wasted effort. Jesus wasn’t going to, as he said elsewhere, “throw pearls before swine.”
Mark, more than any other of the gospel writers, reports to us the human emotions of Jesus. He tells us that when the Pharisees asked for a sign again, Jesus sighed deeply.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: Could it be that Jesus has given more than enough reasons for you to believe and trust in him, but you still haven’t given yourself entirely to him? What parts of your life are you withholding? Find a time today to pray about this seriously. Perhaps right now.