As the crowd pressed in on Jesus, he said, “This evil generation keeps asking me to show them a miraculous sign. But the only sign I will give them is the sign of Jonah. What happened to him was a sign to the people of Nineveh that God had sent him. What happens to the Son of Man will be a sign to these people that he was sent by God.
“The queen of Sheba will stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Now someone greater than Solomon is here—but you refuse to listen. The people of Nineveh will also stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for they repented of their sins at the preaching of Jonah. Now someone greater than Jonah is here—but you refuse to repent.
For a generation looking for a sign, Jesus gives them only a picture of judgment day. We avoid instilling fear, to draw the unbeliever to Christ , yet Jesus did not mince words when telling of the consequences of disobedience and unbelief. Why ask for a sign? It is a symptom of unbelief…show yourself, give us a manifestation…all have a root called “show me” of unbelief. Jesus pins it down…a wicked generation. We have his Word, the queen sought out Solomon, she had to go to great lengths; we have this wisdom available, daily, in various forms and rather than believe it, we ask for a sign.
Forgive us Lord, we have your Word; your presence, we do not need a sign, a manifestation, to ‘prove’ your existence. We have the promises, we have one greater than Jonah… We accept your message of the kingdom of God, we receive your forgiveness, we will walk in obedience according to your Word.