Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Something Greater is Here

As the crowds were increasing, He began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it seeks for a sign, and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. The Queen of the South will rise up with the men of this generation at the judgment and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.  Luke 11:29-32 (NASB)

As the crowd swelled, he took a fresh tack: “The mood of this age is all wrong. Everybody’s looking for proof, but you’re looking for the wrong kind. All you’re looking for is something to titillate your curiosity, satisfy your lust for miracles. But the only proof you’re going to get is the Jonah-proof given to the Ninevites, which looks like no proof at all. What Jonah was to Nineveh, the Son of Man is to this age.
“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 traveled 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 over ‘evidence.’  Luke 11:29-31 (MSG-The Message)
Did you happen to catch Jesus’ words about Himself? Quoted from the New American Standard Bible is the statement “....and behold, something greater than Solomon is here......and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.” The version of The Message read A far greater preacher than Jonah is here, and you squabble about ‘proofs’ and Wisdom far greater than Solomon’s is right in front of you, and you quibble over ‘evidence.’ 

Can you imagine sitting with Jesus and hearing Him say those words? I’m sure the reaction at the time varied from amazement to disbelief. Most of the people were completely unaware that God Incarnate sat with them. The Pharisees tested Him by demanding a “real” sign that He conducted the work of God, even though He performed the miracle of casting out demons. Why don’t people see the signs of Almighty God right before their eyes?

We live in a wicked world that dismisses the morality of a loving and just God. Even though the Bible contains The Ten Commandments given to Moses by God, people want to change the laws. The sign of a good God desiring that His people live physically and spiritually sound lives is dismissed. Even though God created man and woman to be one and procreate, people want to change the laws. The sign of a good God desiring that His people live physically and spiritually sound lives is again dismissed. Sin then becomes rampant and people wonder where God is—they demand a sign from heaven when all that is really needed is repentance.

The signs of a loving God surround us. He’s first our Heavenly Father who created everything. He gives us life and provides for our needs with the fruits of the earth. Something greater is here. He then gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to live on earth as an example of holy living. Jesus journeyed the countryside performing many audiovisual miracles among the people. He later died as a sacrificial Lamb on a cross for our sins that we may be declared righteous and live with Him eternally. Something greater was here. Once He resurrected and returned to heaven, He sent His Holy Spirit to dwell within the believers of Christ Jesus. His presence is promised always, giving comfort, strength, and peace. Something greater is here. These are the signs of the one true God. Why do people doubt? Why do they demand more signs? 

Are you a believer in the Messiah, Jesus Christ? Has your life been changed and your sins forgiven? Does His Holy Spirit dwell within you? Then you are a designated sign to others that God is alive and invested in His world. You must be the miracle, the sign, the audiovisual that people see—they need to see God in you. They need to repent and return to their Creator and Savior God. Live out loud the life of a forgiven believer in Christ Jesus. Lives will then change and all will know—Something greater is here!

The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge.

There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard.

Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their utterances to the end of the world.
In them He has placed a tent for the sun,

Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.

Its rising is from one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.

They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.

Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;
In keeping them there is great reward.

Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.

Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins;
Let them not rule over me;
Then I will be blameless,
And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.
  Psalm 19 (NASB)

“The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.”  Luke 10:16 (NASB)

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