Page 18 - A True Gospel Chronology from the Crucifixion to the Resurrection
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 did not tolerate rebellion. So when they heard the people speaking of Jesus as King Messiah, something had to be done.
They had grappled with this issue of what to do with Jesus many times. Shortly after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, the Great Council debated what to do with Jesus. They reasoned,
John 11:48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
They knew that both their personal positions of power and their very nation were in danger of being taken away by the Romans, if they did not handled this situation with Jesus.
They could not deny that Jesus healed the man who was both deaf and dumb. That was evident for all to see. However, they could cast doubt upon the authority or power by which it was performed. They claimed that Jesus operated by the power of Ba'alzebub (Satan). Jesus responds, "How can Satan cast out Satan?" His kingdom could not stand if he worked against himself like that.
They could not withstand this 'greater than Solomon,’ so they moved to Plan B. Demand a sign.
We must understand they were not asking for a miracle, of those there had been plenty. They wanted a type of vindicating sign from God on behalf of Jesus, to publicly validate his Messiahship.
Remember in Numbers 16 when God opened the earth, swallowing up Korah and his house, and fire devoured his associates? All this was done to validate to Israel, that Moses and Aaron were God's true appointed leaders. This is the type of sign that these leaders were looking for. Something so unmistakably God, there would be no doubt. Of course, these scribes and Pharisees were counting on the fact that God would vindicate them as the true leaders of Israel and not Jesus.
Jesus tells them that it is 'an evil and adulterous generation' that seeks a sign of vindication, instead of believing the prophets. However, Jesus accommodates them with one sign, and ONLY ONE SIGN, that of the Prophet, Jonah.
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