Mysteries of the Kingdom

            in awe of scripture, viewing it through the lens of the kingship of Jesus


     Let us see then these statements in sequence:
      1. The Jews asked Jesus early in His public ministry, "What sign do You show us as your authority?"
      2. Jesus replied with the sign, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."
      3. Three years later the Jews greeted Jesus with "Blessed is He who comes..."
      4. Days later, Jesus prophesied Jerusalem will not see Him again until they say, "Blessed is He who comes..."
      5. Two verses later, Jesus says to His disciples about the temple, "...not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down."
      6. In reply, the disciples ask, "...when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming?"
      7. His specific answer of the "sign" came in Matthew 24:30, "the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the 'Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky' with power and great glory."

     Their question of a "sign" had nothing to do with omens preceding the end of the world. They only asked by what *proof* Jesus would show the planet He was the "coming" King over all kings.

    While one day He will visibly rule, today He already rules those who believe in His authority. While we cannot show people the future sign of His authority, we can show people the completed sign of His current authority in John 2:19-21, "'Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.'...He was speaking of the temple of His body." The authority of Jesus is today's good news for all, and scripture clearly states that the resurrection of Jesus from death is the proof of His authority.
     Another time when the Jews asked Jesus for a sign of His authority, He said they would only see the sign of Jonah. As Jonah was raised from the dead in three days, so too was Jesus. Unlike Jonah, Jesus never returned to death.
      Peter preached the same sign of Jesus' authority. After proclaiming Jesus' resurrection from the dead, Peter said in Acts 2:36, "Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ."
    To the Greeks in Athens, Paul preached the same sign. In Acts 17:31, he proclaimed God "will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” Paul opened his letter to the Romans declaring Jesus' authority with the same sign too. In Romans 1:4, he said Jesus was "declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead."
     Today we have the same proof. Many reject the proof; but when we talk of King Jesus, we should share what He claimed was the "sign" or proof of His authority: His resurrection from the dead. We have little proof today that Jonah rose from the dead, but we have proof Jesus rose from the dead: His followers were killed, not for their belief that He rose from the dead, but for their eye-witness testimony that He rose from the dead. While believers will die for their beliefs, a false witness will not willingly die for his lie. A witness will only die for his true testimony. The followers of Jesus did not die claiming to believe Jesus rose from the dead. They died testifying they had witnessed His resurrection from death.
     If anyone believes the sign of Jesus' authority, let him repent and be baptized into the name of King Jesus, and he will be forgiven of his sins and will receive the promised Holy Spirit (Acts2:36-38). Unlike Jonah, Jesus did not return to death. Just as Ninevah had the sign of Jonah's message, let the world today hear the sign of the authority of King Jesus.

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"What is the Sign of the King's Coming" by Matthew Bryan was first published at January 1st 2013. All rights are reserved.