Connect the dots

We make associations between phenomena and often attribute causation between events. The human mind has the ability to make connections. Memory remembers patterns, and patterns suggest a sequence of events.

Jesus also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A rainstorm is coming,’ and it does. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and there is. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, but how can you not know how to interpret the present time?
Luke 12.54-56 NET

In Jesus’ case, the Jews had been given prophecies about his coming. Even without the prophecies, the events surrounding his life should have suggested to them that Jesus was not mere man, but divine emissary.

The god of this world has blinded many, to prevent them from seeing the connection. This willful blindness refuses the necessary, intimate association between the messianic signs and the identification of Jesus as the Christ.

Interpretation of the time of the Messiah and of his testimony means connecting the dots. This is not an academic exercise that only the “wise and intelligent” are able to complete, but a proclamation that “little children” will welcome, Mt 11.25.

J. Randal Matheny

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