|Matthew 12:38-45||Read Online|
“That’s how it will also be with this evil generation.”
Today, the joke book might read:
Q: How many miracles does it take to convince a Pharisee?
A: To infinity and beyond!
Surely Jesus was put off when the Pharisees and teachers of the law began begging Him to perform another miracle. Like a child who pleads, "One more time, Daddy. One more time!" Jesus knew their thirst for continual proof, miraculous signs, and healings were a part of their unrepentant hearts (verse 25 says "Jesus knew their thoughts").
Another miracle? He referenced Jonah, who stayed three days and three nights in the belly of the whale before he was willing to obey God and lead the people of Nineveh to repentance.
Then Jesus reminded them the Son of Man would spend three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Then He’d conquer death (yet another miraculous event) so generations after could repent and be forgiven.
Jesus added that the men of Nineveh, who had repented, would stand before the judgment throne and condemn the current generation for not repenting. He went on to mention the journey of an evil spirit, how it leaves a man then comes back to reside sevenfold.
A friend of mine, a young man, chose to deny Christ, go his own way, and seek the path of hardcore drugs. The lifestyle left him bankrupt of family, friends, health, and peace of mind. He was possessed by an evil spirit and riddled with longing for evil and greed.
Finally, one night in a cold bleak alley, he was arrested, booked, and sent to prison for four years. In the solitude of his cell, he realized how far he’d come from Christ. The pit of darkness in his soul rendered him totally destitute.
He commented to his family, "If I had not been arrested, I would be dead. Prison was God's blessing to my life!"
What a shame that it took such a painful journey for him to repent—to open his eyes to the glory of God.
Referring to the man with seven demons, the last passage concludes (verse 45): “That’s how it will be with this evil generation." No doubt our greed, passion for materialism, and unwillingness to repent will render us spiritually destitute as well.
And the miracle we can witness today? God can take the spiritually destitute and render a man clean, holy, and righteous. Only God can accomplish the miracle of a changed heart. It’s a miracle unlike any other.
- Have you ever witnessed a miracle?
- We can see what it took for the young man to be willing to obey God. What has it taken for you?
- What are some signs you see that this is a wicked generation?
- Have you witnessed the presence of an evil spirit? What were the effects?
- Are you willing to repent?