The crowds around Jesus increased. Jesus had some intriguing words for them:
This is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation. The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom; and now something greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and now something greater than Jonah is here.
No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.
Jesus performed miracle after miracle after miracle but still the people refused to believe and demanded yet another sign.
Jesus declined. Instead, he foreshadowed THE sign by again using the story of Jonah as a harbinger of his coming death and resurrection. Then he cut the people to the very heart by proclaiming that “pagans” like the Ninevites (who repented) and the Queen of the South (who traveled far to listen to God’s wisdom) would rise at the judgment and condemn the “wicked generation” that refuses to believe.
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
He’s the Son of Man, greater than the great prophet Jonah and the great king Solomon. In other words, he’s THE Great Prophet and THE King.
2. What exactly should we do?
See to it that the light within you isn’t darkness. Believe, repent and listen to Jesus.
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