Mark 8 The truth of the matter is this: “For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom” [1Co 1:22], so it is no wonder that the Jewish religious leaders arrive to argue with Jesus and to test him. Had they been there earlier, they would have seen a miraculous sign of the multiplied loaves and fishes, instead, they come in “after” and miss the blessing. What more can God give them than his only beloved Son who gave his life? No wonder an exasperated Jesus left them.
Too many are like the religious leaders who have seen God at work, yet seek to test him again. Remember the warning of Moses: “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test, [Deut. 6:16]. When we do, we grieve or quench the power of the Holy Spirit, who convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment.
What are we looking for— a sign from heaven or the Messiah himself who is the True Bread of Heaven, the Light of the World, the Living Word who is TRUTH? The religious leaders had the prophets of old but missed the point that the Messiah was in their midst and his miracles proved that he was the Son of God.
What more could the Father give them? He gave them this: an empty tomb. Jesus is the Christ who rose from the dead. Do you believe this?