Jesus had detractors when he walked the earth 2000 years ago. The Pharisees were professional law keepers who felt that their strict adherence to rules and regulations would earn them entrance into heaven. The Sadducees were the theological liberals of their day who did not believe in a resurrection at all.
Both groups were threatened by Jesus, because if people followed him as the Messiah they thought they may lose power and influence. In their attempts to lessen Jesus’ power and influence, they tested Jesus by demanding that he show them a sign from heaven.
Jesus’ reply is that nature itself is a sign from the Lord. So, as you read our scripture passage for today, remember that creation is one of the best testimonies to the existence of the Creator God. And the Lord has another testimony to him. Jesus Christ himself who is God who came in the flesh to show you the way to be saved.
(Matthew 16:1-4) 1 The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ 3 and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. 4 A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and went away.