Matthew 16:1-4

    Recently, while sharing Christ at the college, a young man named Kevin told me he was looking for a sign from God before he would believe. In Matthew 16:1-4 Jesus talks about this; “The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested Him by asking Him to show them a sign from heaven.” Why were they testing Jesus? Because they knew that everyone was claiming that he was the messiah, and he was not denying this claim. He was teaching with authority and, since they were the religous leaders, they wanted to judge for themselves and for the people that he actually was the messiah.

    But Jesus gave them an answer they did not expect; “A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah”. The sign was to be three days and three nights in the grave just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a great fish (whale?). When people are looking for a sign to “prove” that Christianity is true point to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Those are historical facts that can be proven legally. Every time anyone has attempted to disprove the resurrection of Jesus they have become a Christian.

    In fact, whenever anyone brings up things like Noah’s flood or dinosaurs or other questions from the Old Testament I give a quick answer and then bring them back to the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus validated Noah, Abraham, and Moses. Jesus spoke about them and the entire Old Testament as if they were historical facts. So if Jesus is God in the flesh and he died and rose again, then all of the OT is true as well. Witnessing becomes a lot easier when we point to our RISEN Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. Amen.

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