38Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” 39But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so for three days and three nights the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth. 41The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here! 42The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here! (Matthew 12:38-42, NRSV)
Why is it we can’t believe something until we see proof? And really how is seeing something make it 100% believable? I remember when I was young David Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty disappear. I saw it there one second and the next it wasn’t there. But it was an optical illusion, the statue didn’t disappear, but it looked like it did.
And one of my favorite quotes comes from The Santa Clause, “Seeing isn’t believing, believing is seeing.” Because we haven’t seen something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. In the dialogue of the movie they talk about seeing something, and one person asks the other if they have ever seen a million dollars, and the answer was no, but a million dollars still exists.
Is it really necessary we see something before we believe it? Isn’t that what faith is for?
So step out in faith and forgo the sign.