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 do we need to see something to believe it?
We need to observe things with our eyes in order for it to be believable. And that is crazy. I have a friend in Washington state who is a pastor, a coffee roaster and a magician. I have seen him do things I can not explain on Instagram and Facebook. I have seen it and I believe that it happened but I also don’t believe it. When I was a kid I watched David Copperfield make the Statue of Liberty disappear. Did it actually disappear? No, it didn’t but it appeared to. One of my all-time favorite movie quotes is from The Santa Claus 2, “Seeing isn’t believing, believing is seeing.”
We don’t need a sign, God is good to the promises God has made.
So hold to the promises.