马太福音 16:1-4 法利赛人和撒都该人来试探耶稣，请他从天上显个神迹给他们看。 耶稣回答说：“晚上天发红，你们就说：‘天必要晴。’ 早晨天发红，又发黑，你们就说：‘今日必有风雨。’你们知道分辨天上的气色，倒不能分辨这时候的神迹。 一个邪恶淫乱的世代求神迹，除了约拿的神迹以外，再没有神迹给他看。”耶稣就离开他们去了。
法利赛人和撒都该人都要求耶稣从天上显个神迹给他们看，证明他就是弥赛亚。其实耶稣在此前已经给他们行过了神迹，他们却是不信。他平静过风浪，在旷野喂饱了几千人，医治了各样的病人，甚至使死人复活。面对他们的不信，耶稣还能用什么样的神迹呢? 当他让拉撒路从死里复活的时候，他们说:“他真是上帝的儿子!” 但那之后呢？他们却计划杀死耶稣。他们能看懂天气的征兆，无论是好天气还是坏天气，但是他们不明白那些表明耶稣是上帝之子的神迹。
Matthew 16: 1-4: The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ 3 and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. 4 A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and went away.
The Pharisees and Sadducees demanded that Jesus show them a sign from heaven to prove that he was the Messiah. The fact is that Jesus had already shown them signs, and they still refused to believe. He still storms, fed the thousands, healed the sick and even raised the dead. What kind of sign could Jesus do that would satisfy their unbelief? When he rose Lazarus from the dead, they said, “Now he’s really done it!” and made plans to kill Jesus. They could read the signs in the sky for good weather or foul, but they could not read the signs that proved that Jesus was the Son of God.
The only sign that they would receive is the sign of Jonah. Jesus’ is referring to his resurrection. Just as Jonah came out of the belly of the fish in three days, so Jesus would come out of the bowels of the earth in three days. If there is one sign that proves Jesus is true God and that he has accomplished what God sent the Messiah to do, it is the miracle of his resurrection. This sets Jesus apart from all other people who started a religion (Mohammed, Confucius, Buddha, etc.). No one else ever rose from the dead. But they would not even believe the resurrection of Jesus, even when they had to bribe the soldiers to lie what happened.
“He is risen! He is risen indeed!” says the Christian Church on Easter Sunday and in their hearts every day. The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the only sign that we will every need. Our hope is in him who conquered sin and death and hell!
Prayer: Dear Jesus, I don’t need any evidence to believe in you except what you have given me in your death and resurrection from the dead. Satan cannot accuse me when I know you rose from the grave to seal the deal for my justification. Death cannot terrorize me when I know that I will rise again. Help me to celebrate Easter every day of the year! Amen.