Speaker: Jerry Cisar
A professor of philosophy reportedly said he would believe in God if the heavens opened and a magnificent figure appeared, declaring, in a very loud voice, “I am God.” But, if that did happen, exactly what would he believe? Sure, he might start attending worship services, but would he start fulfilling the radical righteousness that Jesus calls us to in the Sermon on the Mount?
“Teacher, we want to see a sign from you,” say the Pharisees. Jesus answers, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah” (Matt. 12:38-39). Don’t ask for a sign! That’s what Pharisees do. But what if we are already asking for a sign and don’t know it?
Many Christians read the gospels and, whether it is the Sermon on the Mount with its rigorous demands or Jesus telling someone to sell what they have, give to the poor, and follow Him, and they think, “I’m sure glad Jesus didn’t say that to me!” What would it take, then, for us to think Jesus is talking to us? That we should do what He said? Matthew wants to make sure we aren’t waiting for a sign!
Join us in worship as we explore Matthew 12:38-50 and its implications for our lives!