I want proof but I am not prepared to believe it. Jesus gives me proof.
I get to decide whether to accept the proof or not. God is not going to force me. It is my decision to believe or not. I have to curb my lust for miracles and accept that God is God.
The religious leaders are bold in demanding proof from the Son of God. Jesus is wise in responding. Jesus knows who is in charge and what kind of proof will be given. Jesus is at peace where this is all heading. Jesus is focused on God’s goal.
Jesus challenges me to focus as well. Jesus knows that justice is going to prevail. There will be a day of judgement.
Later a few religion scholars and Pharisees got on him. “Teacher, we want to see your credentials. Give us some hard evidence that God is in this. How about a miracle?”
Jesus said, “You’re looking for proof, but you’re looking for the wrong kind. All you want is something to titillate your curiosity, satisfy your lust for miracles. The only proof you’re going to get is what looks like the absence of proof: Jonah-evidence. Like Jonah, three days and nights in the fish’s belly, the Son of Man will be gone three days and nights in a deep grave.
“On Judgment Day, the Ninevites will stand up and give evidence that will condemn this generation, because when Jonah preached to them they changed their lives. A far greater preacher than Jonah is here, and you squabble about ‘proofs.’ On Judgment Day, the Queen of Sheba will come forward and bring evidence that will condemn this generation, because she traveled from a far corner of the earth to listen to wise Solomon. Wisdom far greater than Solomon’s is right in front of you, and you quibble over ‘evidence.’
Source: Matthew 12:38-42