The Pharisees came to Jesus seeking a sign. He responded:
“Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”
Why? - because of their unbelief?
- Because of His hidden purpose of dying as a sacrifice?
I rather think it is because the ‘word of God’ had been consolidated and made available. He Himself referred to the Torah, the Psalms and the Prophets as His source of authority.
“Moses wrote of me” Deuteronomy 18
“ David’s son” Psalm 110
“”Numbered with the transgressors” Isaiah 53
Many miracles and signs were done, and John the baptizer was referred to this as the as proof of His mission. His primary goal in serving the people was by teaching, to bring the people to God in harmony with the Old Testament scriptures (to repent and believe the gospel). He sure did bring new teaching to the ears of the disciples, but as a matter of convincing them of His authority, He directed them to the Old Testament scriptures.
So today, in situations of illiteracy and ignorance, God may choose to use signs and miracles, but where the Bible is so readily available, the revealed truth is the issue. For example in India, miracles are often the means to bring people to Christ. In the Middle East, dreams are sometimes God’s initial point of contact. In the west, where Bibles are so abundant, God is speaking through His word (Old Testament and New Testament).
Hence my purpose, to direct people to the Lord Jesus Christ via the Bible.
If you do not have a Bible, please send me an email and I will endeavour to send you one.