Matthew – Fulfilled.
Imagine putting Jesus on trial. Imagine several church people trying to prove the Son of God is guilty of their law but not God’s truth. Imagine the difference of opinions flying around by how to bring Jesus to trial so a conviction will stand. Think about the difficulty of bring evidence against Truth in the person of Jesus. They begin with “Teacher, we want to see your credentials.”
Matthew 12, The Message
38 Later a few religion scholars and Pharisees got on him. “Teacher, we want to see your credentials. Give us some hard evidence that God is in this. How about a miracle?”
39-40 Jesus said, “You’re looking for proof, but you’re looking for the wrong kind. All you want is something to titillate your curiosity, satisfy your lust for miracles. The only proof you’re going to get is what looks like the absence of proof: Jonah-evidence. Like Jonah, three days and nights in the fish’s belly, the Son of Man will be gone three days and nights in a deep grave.
41-42 “On Judgment Day, the Ninevites will stand up and give evidence that will condemn this generation, because when Jonah preached to them they changed their lives. A far greater preacher than Jonah is here, and you squabble about ‘proofs.’ On Judgment Day, the Queen of Sheba will come forward and bring evidence that will condemn this generation, because she traveled from a far corner of the earth to listen to wise Solomon. Wisdom far greater than Solomon’s is right in front of you, and you quibble over ‘evidence.’
43-45 “When a defiling evil spirit is expelled from someone, it drifts along through the desert looking for an oasis, some unsuspecting soul it can bedevil. When it doesn’t find anyone, it says, ‘I’ll go back to my old haunt.’ On return it finds the person spotlessly clean, but vacant. It then runs out and rounds up seven other spirits more evil than itself and they all move in, whooping it up. That person ends up far worse off than if he’d never gotten cleaned up in the first place.
“That’s what this generation is like: You may think you have cleaned out the junk from your lives and gotten ready for God, but you weren’t hospitable to my kingdom message, and now all the devils are moving back in.”
THINK ABOUT IT…
–Are we living our lives as if we need more evidence?
–With our lack of faith, are we asking for more miracles to be sure?
–Do we need to see the Son of God’s credentials before we decide Truth and accept Him? Or listening the world thinking of “he’s just a good man who taught us good things”.
As Jesus said, “Jonah preached to change lives”. Jesus came with Truth to SAVE lives from eternal death. We are a lost and deprived world without our Savior and Lord. We cannot be changed or transformed without first being bathed in the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ. Please, think about it. Then accept Him as Lord. HE is all the evidence we need.
NEED more evidence or the language to tell God’s Truth? Read “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel and go to the movie that has just been released!
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for saving us. Thank you for setting us free to love You and others in the most excellent way…by laying down self. We love you. We need you every hour. We don’t need another miracle to know You well, but you provide them every day. Thank you! Keep us from doing harm, use us to encourage.
In Jesus Name, Amen