A Greater Than Jonah Is Here.
"Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”
But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed, a greater than Jonah is here."
– Matthew 12:38-42
Jesus was speaking of his burial and thereafter resurrection (three days and three nights in the heart of the earth), which would have been a sufficient sign to bring an unbelieving generation to repent just as Jonah was to the people of Nineveh.
Concerning when Jesus’ second coming would be, and the end of the age, Jesus says this to his disciples in Matthew 24 – “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
The Bible in Genesis 6:9 describes Noah as a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, his generation, who walked with God. 2 Peter 2:5 calls Noah a preacher of righteousness.
In the story of the flood from Genesis, it says the world was corrupt in God’s sight and full of violence.
What did Noah preach? Hebrews 11:7: says “By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith”
The ungodly men of Noah’s day had a chance to repent and be saved, as they stood witness to Noah building the ark day after day, unfortunately, they rebelled against the truth, refused the ark, and drowned in the flood.
What about today?
Do we have a better deal than the people in Noah’s days or Jonah’s days?
It’s been more than 2000 years since Jesus ascended into heaven and yet Jesus said - "just as it was in the days of Noah so shall it be at the coming of the son of man."
The people in Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah. The king himself wore sackcloth, covered himself in ash and repented. The fear of God evidently not far from their hearts, his reputation and renown of the many and wondrous judgements of God such as the flood, Sodom and Gomorrah close at heart through the generations.
But now, here is Jesus. Greater than Jonah. - "The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed, a greater than Jonah is here."
Jesus himself came preaching saying “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Change your mind, turn from sin to God, accept the good news!
Compared to generations past, we have a much better deal, the best!
Our call is to believe, to have faith in Jesus and be saved.
Scripture confirms it in John 3:16-18. Those who believe in Jesus will not be condemned.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." - John 3:16-18
God by his grace sent his son to bear the punishment that we deserved so we could be reconciled to him and enjoy eternity with him. The ark of God has come into the world, the way in is through faith in Jesus, many are entering in.
Come into the ark today!