Do we still require a sign…?

John 2: 13-22

 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten  Me up.”

So the Jews answered and said to Him, “What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?”

Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?”

 But He was speaking of the temple of His body. Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.

 God, you were in the habit of revealing yourself through miraculous sign.  We have the examples of Moses and the burning bush, your sign of your authority upon him with the rod and snake and the leprous hand, the signs of the plagues to follow.  We have examples of signs given to prove your authority upon the prophets; but you do not need a sign to prove your own authority and who are we to ask for one!  Jesus performed many signs, but the hearts of the people were fickle.  At the time, they  believed, then, as usual, they forgot for that is the condition and way of mankind.  Jesus said he did not put trust in man’s approval, for “he knew what was in man.”  We can remember this on a daily basis, our trust rests not in  man’s approval, mankind is not our source of authority, we get that from God, spoken in His Scriptures.  This gives us a confidence that carries us through all kinds of situations others would cave in to.  This confidence is the barrier that prevents our taking offense, gives us the strength to continue to spread God’s Word regardless of the opposition.

 The disciples recalled what Jesus said and they believed the Scripture and the words Jesus spoke. This was all the ‘sign’ they needed.

On another note, how many times do we hear of the violent nature of Christ?  He comes to earth, visits the temple made to worship him (God) and what does he find?  Are they following his commands?  No they have turned his house into a marketplace!  What will he find when he returns the second time?  Just askin’…


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