The Only Sign We Need

Luke 11: 29-32
Jon 3: 1-10 / Psa 51

…no sign will be given to them except the sign of Jonah.
(Luke 11: 29)

No other sign can immortalize
Divine love as the cross on the wall.
Reminds us of the great sacrifice
That Jesus endured to save us all.

As the crowds gathered around Him, Jesus taught them that those who ask for a sign are evil people. “No sign will be given to them except the sign of Jonah. As Jonah became a sign for the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be a sign for this generation. On Judgment Day the Queen of the South will rise to accuse the people of these times, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here. The people of Nineveh will also rise up on Judgment Day to accuse the people of this generation, for Jonah’s preaching made them turn from their sins, and there is something greater than Jonah here.” (Lk.11: 29-32)


Jesus was saying the Queen of Sheba traveled a great distance just to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, but the Jews of Jesus’ generation did not even care to listen to Him, Whose wisdom was far greater than Solomon’s. The prophet Jonah traversed the great city of Nineveh, preaching repentance, and after only a day’s journey, the king of Nineveh and all his subjects repented of their sins without doubting Jonah (Jon.3:4-8); but here was the Son of God Himself preaching to the Jews, and still they were unrepentant and hard to teach, asking for signs as proof of Jesus’ divinity.

We have learned that those who are “renewed”, or who turn from their worldly ways because of some ‘miraculous sign’ are usually the ones who are not steadfast in their faith. Their flash-in-the-pan kind of faith needs a regular dose of the supernatural or the fanciful (like the “dancing sun” or shower of rose petals from nowhere) to keep it burning. But a strong faith is not dependent on supernatural signs. It is a gift from God that comes from within, and it is sustained by acts of piety, perseverance and prayer, especially in times of crisis or the so-called “dryness of spirit”. In fact it is when God doesn’t seem to answer our prayers that our faith in Him is fortified, even without our knowledge. Our youngest brother was a rising star in local politics when henchmen of a rival politician killed him. At such a young age of 33, with three very young kids to support, most of us could not help but wonder why God had allowed it to happen. The case had dragged for more than ten years, but when it was finally resolved, only three of the nine people involved in the shooting were found guilty and incarcerated. All of us felt that justice was not fully served, because the brains behind the crime had gotten off scot free. Eight years have elapsed since the case was put to rest, and we have learned to forgive the perpetrators of the killing. We no longer seek for answers or “signs” to give closure to the pain and loss. Instead, we have learned to trust in the will of God, and in the sure hope that one day, this too will be revealed to us. We now understand that this is the essence of what faith is all about.

Lord, my sacrifice is a broken spirit; a contrite heart You will not despise. (Ps.51:19) Your great pains and death on the cross serve as our inspiration in times of trials. Teach us not to look for signs to prove Your love. It is enough that we see Your cross to make us believe and repent of our sins. We are the ones who still have so much to prove to be worthy of Your great sacrifice. Amen.

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