MUSINGS – March 23, 2019
SHOW US YOUR DOG AND PONY SHOW
The Pharisees and Sadducees came to test Jesus. So they asked him to show them a miraculous sign from heaven. He responded to them, “In the evening you say that the weather will be fine because the sky is red. And in the morning you say that there will be a storm today because the sky is red and overcast. You can forecast the weather by judging the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. “Evil and unfaithful people look for a miraculous sign. But the only sign they will be given is that of Jonah.” Then he left them standing there and went away.
These religious leaders came to Jesus to see his dog and pony show*. They came not expecting a miracle. At most they expected some phony magic that they could prove him a fake. If they had been serious about seeing a miraculous sign, all they would have done is join the crowds that followed him. They came with only one purpose: to discredit him. They didn’t want a prophet, a healer, or a teacher, let alone the messiah. They ruled the people (as much as the Romans around allow them) and the true messiah would replace them and take away their place of importance.
Jesus dismissed them by saying, The only sign he would give was that of Jonah. I’m sue they had no idea what he had meant. Nor would the believe that, after three days in the tomb, Jesus would rise again. Jesus always had time to perform a miracle for those who needed a miracle. But he had no time for those who only wanted to be entertained.
Now comes the hard question, why do you attend church? Do you go for the spectacle or do you go expecting an encounter with God? You will receive only what you expect to receive.
*“Dog and pony show” is a colloquial term which has come to mean a highly promoted, often over-staged performance, presentation, or event designed to sway or convince opinion for political, or less often, commercial ends. Wikipedia
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