catch-22 generation

October 2015 (5)Mark 8:10-13

10 And just then he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha. 11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking him to get a sign[1] from the sky, to test him. 12 And sighing deeply in his spirit, he said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? I guarantee you, no sign will be given to this generation.” 13 And leaving them, he got into the boat again, he went across to the other side.

catch-22 generation

If you think that everywhere Jesus went, miracles just happened – think again. He didn’t demonstrate his power on cue for everyone who asked, even in the time he lived on earth in the flesh. This passage explains why. Demanding a sign before you believe in Christ negates the faith which Jesus looks for before giving a sign. People who are on the verge of faith but are holding out for proof are not likely to see any proof. It is a paradox situation, a catch-22.

The challenge of Christianity is for anyone looking for the answer to find that answer in Christ. If you dare put your faith in Christ, you will not only find the answer, but you will also see his power at work – in miracles and the personal miracle of a changed life. But staying on the other side of the line until you see that power will only result in an empty, powerless life.

LORD, we surrender to your kingdom. The only proof we ask for is the change you want to make in us.


[1] σημειον 8:11f; 13:4, 22; 16:17, 20.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a Christian missionary.
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