to see and an ear to hear. There had been suffi-cient signs of the times already, if they could discernthem. There were such signs as had been pointedout to John's disciples. 2 " The blind receive theirsight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed,and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and thepoor have the gospel preached unto them/' If theywere as wise in spiritual things as they were in tem-poral : if they could discern what was passing beforetheir eyes as clearly as they discerned the face of thesky, they would perceive that these signs fulfilledthe words of prophecy, and proved that Jesus wasthe Christ. But what claim had they to a special signtrom heaven, when they came not for the purpose of discovering truth, or learning the will of God, butcame tempting him? Therefore he repeats what he hadbefore said: there shall be no sign given unto thisgener-atlon,except the sign of the prophet Jonas. z Whentheirmalice had wrought its full purpose ; when they hadcrucified and slain the Son of man, and nothing moreremained that " the Scriptures might be fulfilled,"then he would issue forth from his tomb of stone asJonah had issued from his living grave, arid showwhat was foretold in that singular passage of theirhistory. If they believed not the testimony of hislife and ministry, they might find their unbelief con-demned when he rose from the dead.So he left them, and departed. A sad presage of their helpless state, when he left them, who alonecould have recovered them.1 See John vi. 30. 2 Ch. xi. 5. 3 See xii. 39.MATT. XVI. 112. 341It was a fit occasion to warn his disciples againstsuch characters as these.