And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.
No Sign Will Be Given
The Pharisees came right up to Jesus and started arguing with Him (Mark 8:11a). Why would they be arguing with Jesus? It certainly wasn’t for the right reason. They simply wanted to test Him by asking for a sign from heaven (Mark 8:11b). How sad. They didn’t really want to believe; they only wanted to test Jesus in order that others might not believe in Him. Their only motivation was for evil intent, not to really see if He was from God or not. Jesus knew their hearts, and this is why Jesus flatly told them that they would get no sign from Him, which only served, most likely, to anger the Pharisees even more.
Do We Seek a Sign?
I once heard a believer who was going through a period of doubt, who just wished that God would give Him a sign so his faith would be restored. I told him that Jesus said that it was not good to ask for a sign. He rebuffed the Pharisees for asking for one and turned them down cold. I told my doubting friend that God still speaks to us today and that it is in His written Word. If you want God to speak to you, just open the Bible and He will. God reveals Himself in the Word of God. The Holy Spirit can clarify certain scriptures for us, which is what Jesus said He would do (John 16:13), so why would we need a sign too? Jesus said that those who believe in Him without ever having seen Him are blessed (John 20:29).
Why the Lost Seek a Sign
One atheist I was speaking to once told me that if God was real, then He should come down to him and reveal Himself. I said that it wouldn’t be faith if you had to see God to believe in Him, that without faith you can never please God anyway (Heb 11:6), and that there is no faith involved if you were to see God in the Person of Christ; however, I did say that eventually every one of us will see God. For some, though, will be too late, and they will be judged for their disbelief (Rev 20:12-15). Today is the day of salvation (2 Cor 6:2), not when you see Jesus for the first time. If you believe in Him today, He is your Savior. If you reject believing in Him, He will be your Judge.
A Closing Prayer
Father God, thank You for Your Spirit, Who revealed to me Who Jesus is; otherwise, I could not have known Him. You’re such a good God to send your only begotten Son to live a sinless life and then die for me, a sinner. In Jesus’ name I pray.
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