Powerful Miraculous Signs: Are These Necessary?

Miraculous Signs

Powerful Miraculous Signs: Are These Necessary?

“Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, ‘Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign from you.’”

Matthew 12:38

Dear Family & Friends, 

Don’t you wish you could just sit down with the Lord and get some clear direction or sign about certain matters in life? What some wouldn’t give to have a tangible manifestation of God’s presence or a detailed plan of action fall from the heavens making all decisions plain! But this is not usually how God works. Finding God and following His will require steps of faith. We are not always given tangible miraculous signs, and especially when He has already given us all the light we need in His word.

The Pharisees Ask for Miraculous Signs

Matthew has spent many chapters giving proof of Jesus’ kingship over a heavenly kingdom and elaborating on the rejection He received from those who should have recognized His identity. The jealous Pharisees and teachers of the law tried to trick Jesus and discredit Him, but to no avail. So next they tried another tactic.

Sidling up to the Master and feigning renewed interest they asked, “Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign from you.”   I can almost see their posturing and hear their oily voices as they tried to manipulate the Lord in order to find some other reason to condemn Him. But Jesus wasn’t having it! He saw into their hearts and knew their real intentions. Besides, hadn’t they already seen multitudes of miraculous signs in the healings, exorcisms, and resurrections that gave credence to His claims of Messiah? What more did they want?

Jesus Speaks to the Heart Issue

So, Jesus spoke straight to the heart issue answering, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.”

Pointing to this familiar Old Testament prophet who had survived for three days and three nights in the belly of a large fish before being spit up on shore near the nation he had refused to warn, Jesus essentially told the unbelieving religious leaders that the next sign they received would be His resurrection from the dead.

Contrasting these unbelieving men with the repentant heathens of Jonah’s day, Jesus warned that the wicked country of Ninevah would condemn the self-righteous who had the Messiah right at their fingertips. Likewise the Queen of the South who traveled a far distance from the ends of the earth to receive the great King Solomon’s wisdom, would also condemn them for rejecting the Truth Who stood right before them.

Responding to Jesus is a Step of Faith

Today faith is no different. We all must choose how we will respond to what is before us. Matthew, a reliable first hand witness to Jesus, His authority, and miraculous signs has left a credible testimony of the truth of Jesus’ claims.

But it goes beyond that! Those of us who have chosen to step out in faith can also testify to the reality of the Savior. We have been delivered from the shame and guilt of sin and stand free in Christ. “The Spirit [of God] Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16). The miracle of a changed life speaks the loudest!

I still think it would be nice to have some tangible miraculous signs of God’s presence and power to help us in all of our decision making, but they aren’t necessary. We walk by faith and not by sight. Receiving the Lord as Savior always comes by grace through faith. We have all the light we need in His Word. The question really is – will we believe or not?




  1. Larry K Bromagem on October 20, 2023 at 2:05 PM

    Thanks Mama!

    • Sandra Sheridan on October 24, 2023 at 5:43 AM

      My pleasure! 🙂

  2. Steve Thompson on October 23, 2023 at 8:48 PM

    Hi Sandra,
    In spite of knowing this truth on which you just explained so eloquently , I still find myself at times wanting a sign…maybe to lay out the fleece like Gideon did….thanks for the reminder of my need to walk by faith and not by sight.

    • Sandra Sheridan on October 24, 2023 at 5:45 AM

      I know the feeling! That would be so much easier in some ways, but I am glad we can have conversations with Jesus through prayer and then move forward confidently knowing He will guide us every step of the way!

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Hi, I'm Sandy! 

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