Today, religious leaders prefer fiction above truth, and people like to see something fantastic (Americans call it “awesome”) and to feel chills, tingles, and goosebumps, instead of thinking on God’s wonders.
You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.
Matthew 16:3 ESV
The signs of the times are out there. Right in sight. In your face. A sign points to a message, a truth, a presence. The sign is easy to understand, as when the traffic light turns red. Red means stop.
But this is too easy. Like the Pharisees and Saducees of the narrative, we want something mysterious, stupendous, something that makes the ground rumble and the sky split apart.
We want theories of millennia and fictions of wars fought from Jerusalem to London and New York. Plop in the midst of that story some ETs and world conspiracies, and you have a great theology of the End.
The person who wants to live in humility with Jesus, however, doesn’t need such flourishes for his faith. From the Lord, certainly, no sign other than his coming and death will be forthcoming.
For those who have as their greatest goal to live in God’s presence, these are more than sufficient.