Signs Of The Times
by Judy Webb
“When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.'" (Matthew 16:2-3)
I remember seeing a gorgeous sunrise or sunset and hearing my father declare: “Red sky in the morning, sailor take warning; red sky at night, sailor’s delight.” Until I read this scripture text today, I did not know my dad was quoting scripture. (I’m sure he didn’t either.) He would also utter this saying when planning a fishing trip for the next day. He’d look to the sky and determine if the weather would cooperate with his plans.
Jesus determined that the Sadducees and Pharisees—who normally hate each other—were banding together to take down Jesus. They joined forces to trip up Jesus, but Jesus knew exactly what they were up to. There is much to understand from these four verses. Next, Jesus noted how these religious phonies could quote accurately from scriptures when it suited their purposes, but could be so blind to the signs of the times which were becoming obvious to all others.
“Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles…” (1 Corinthians 1:22-23)
Jesus’ followers were inquiring if He was the promised and long-awaited Messiah. They were connecting the dots upon hearing the teachings and witnessing the miracles. The religious leaders were blind to the truth and couldn’t accurately interpret what was right in front of them. Their selfish agendas got in the way.
Jesus, help us see how we do this as well. Until we see truth and acknowledge that Jesus is our Savior who died for us, we are lost. Our own agendas can trip us up and cause us to live in pain and suffering. But, when we grab hold of truth and claim Jesus as the way, we will never be off course. The Light of Jesus will always guide us to our true destination.