A GREATER THAN JONAH IS HERE
"'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 condemns this generation because she travelled 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 about 'evidence.'" Luke 11:32, 31(The Message).
Jesus condemned the people of His generation because they refused to accept the evidence staring them in the face that His words, His works and His ways all testified to His identity as the Son of God. They preferred to keep following Him around and demanding signs because He was the latest person on the popularity polls.
Both the Ninevites and the Queen of Sheba were held up as examples of people with more discernment than the people of God in Israel. They had only one opportunity - the Ninevites were pagans, the most cruel nation on earth in their day - and God sent a prophet to warn them of the consequences of their ways. Their response was startling, considering Jonah's five-word message! They repented to a man, and God spared them.
The Queen of Sheba came from far, probably from Africa; no jet airliner to transport her, not even a motorised vehicle on a tar road. But she made the effort to listen to a mere man because of his supernatural wisdom.
The people of Jesus' day had the very Son of God with them, teaching them and demonstrating the kingdom of God with signs and wonders and they refused to believe Him.
But what of my generation? When I read magazines, watch TV, listen to the radio, I am aware that God is conspicuously absent. The only mention of God is the use of His name as an expletive. How blind are people today! The evidence of God's presence is everywhere - "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands." Psalm 19:1 (NIV).
Just like the Apostle Paul's contemporaries, this generation stands guilty before God. "The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world, God's invisible qualities - His eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made so that men are without excuse." Romans 1:18-20 (NIV).
No generation has had more opportunity to discover the truth about God than this one. His Word blankets the earth in both written and spoken form and yet...godlessness and wickedness are on the increase. What chance does this generation have if the people in Jesus' day stood guilty and condemned before God because they refused to believe?
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