It’s a question people asked in the 70’s, “Hey man, what’s your sign?” It was a reference to the astrological chart and was a pop-culture phenomenon that lasted about 15 minutes. The question was a way of breaking the ice in new acquaintances and also served as a cheesy pick up line. For those who believed in astrology, it carried deeper weight.
For Jesus, a sign was a miracle performed with a message. The miracle itself revealed a truth or established confirmation. A miraculous sign was a divine reference point, it pointed people in the righteous direction of God.
In Luke 11, Jesus spoke about two signs: the sign of Jonah and the sign of the Son of Man. Both were resurrection references. Jonah was three days in the belly of the great fish and then deposited on the Mediterranean beach. For Jesus it was three days in the tomb and then raised to life again. For both, it was the coming out alive part that was the sign.
Jesus was teaching people with closed minds. Worse, they sought to discredit him by questioning his miracles and accusing him of using demonic powers. They had cold hearts of hardened stone.
Some people wouldn’t believe even if a dozen angels lifted them up and flew them around. The dead could be raised right in front of their eyes and they still wouldn’t believe. Rivers could run backwards, mountains topple, and the sky turn purple, it wouldn’t matter. They don’t want to believe.
By the way, what is your sign? Are you grounded in the resurrection of Jesus Christ? Is your faith resting like granite on the power of the empty tomb? Do you have an unwavering, unswerving, unimpeachable confidence that Jesus walked out of Golgotha?
We all struggle at times, have moments of doubt, and even question God’s will. But we have an anchor that holds firm and fast, an anchor chained to our faith, it’s our eternal sign. For we know that whatever dark forces affect us; and however hard, confusing, and painful they may be, that we are going to survive and thrive.
How do we know this?
“For up from the grave he arose with a mighty triumph o’re his foes; he arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.”
Do you believe?