All of us are familiar with this courtroom scene: The presiding judge enters the room, and an officer of the court says, “All rise for the judge!” At that command, everybody stands up. I do not, however, remember ever witnessing a courtroom entrance at which everyone not only stood up, but also applauded the judge.
I was recently studying Mark 8 in which the Pharisees ask Jesus for a “sign.” They wanted it to come from “heaven” (8:11). They wanted Him to do something that would show He was the Christ. I have to admit that I am not really sure what they were looking for. Jesus had performed many