Week 6 – March 25, 2018 (Holy Week)
This painting greets me each morning and evening when I wake up and go to sleep. It should stand as a daily reminder that Jesus died for me and defeated the grave. But let’s be real, how often do I just pass by this painting without thinking twice or without actually seeing it? Matthew 12:39-41 says, “One day some teachers of religious law and Pharisees came to Jesus and said, ‘Teacher we want you to show us a miraculous sign to prove your authority.’ But Jesus replied, ‘Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign; but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. The people of Nineveh will 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.’”
Just like this painting. Jesus is here right in front of us every day. How often do we ask him for a sign or proof that he is who he says he is? This painting depicts the nail wounds that Thomas demands to see before believing Jesus was resurrected in John 20. Jesus appears to Thomas and says, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe…..You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”- John 20:27-29
How often do we ask God for a sign? How often do we run away from what God is calling us to do? How often do we run away from letting God be the authority in our lives in the big moments and in the daily activities? How often do we ask God for a sign to prove he can do what we want him to do before trusting him with those big moments or daily activities? Jesus points to the prophet Jonah to show the teachers and Pharisees a sign of his authority. But he challenges them to believe and repent with him in front of them right now. We should also be challenged each day to allow Jesus to have authority over every aspect of our lives.
Jesus says earlier in Matthew 7 that the fruit of our lives will evidence our salvation. So this Easter, let us evaluate the fruits of our life. Instead of asking Jesus for signs to prove his authority, pray that the fruits of our lives will signal his authority and power over every area of our lives.
Ask yourself these questions throughout this week:
- How is Jesus the Lord of my finances? my career?
- How is Jesus the Lord of my relationships? my schedule?
Scripture For the Week to Pray, Meditate, and Focus your heart on:
– Laci Slagley