Seeing the Signs of God

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 8:11-13

Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation. (v. 12)

It’s a good question that Jesus asks. And we can sense a bit of frustration in his tone. Unfortunately, our generation likes signs too—wonders and miracles, and anything fantastic to impress us. Some of the most popular movies feature superheroes with remarkable powers.

So it was not unusual when the Pharisees came to Jesus asking that he prove himself as the Messiah with supernatural powers. The ironic thing is that Jesus had already done a number of miracles and signs. Had they not heard of how he healed the man with leprosy and the paralytic? Had they not heard of how he stilled the storm and fed the five thousand? Certainly, that would frustrate Jesus.

But perhaps Jesus was also frustrated by the fact that wondrous signs were all around the Pharisees and they seemed not to notice. Indeed, the whole world is full of signs of God’s presence and creative power: the beauty of the flowers of the field, the splendor of the birds of the air, the purple mountain majesties—one could go on and on.

One wise veteran believer put it this way: “The sign of truly religious people is not that they come to church to find God but that they find God everywhere, not that they make a great deal of sacred places but that they sanctify common places” (William Barclay, The Gospel of Mark, p. 215).

—John Koedyker

Prayer: Lord, help me to see signs of you today.