So the Jews said to him, What sign do you show us for doing these things? -John 2:18
Preaching from John 2 on Easter, our pastor noted the irony of the Jews asking for a sign that Christ had the right to boot the moneychangers out of the temple. The greatest event in human history, the incarnation, was there for them to behold. The sign of God-in-the-flesh was right before their eyes. They missed it.
“Total depravity” is a term that describes the breadth of our sinfulness. Every part of us — our emotions, our reason, our desires — all corrupted by the fall. This incident seems to me a clear example of the dullness and blindness of indwelling sin. A baby animal instinctively recognizes its mother, and yet these Jews could not recognize their Creator standing right in front of them.