THE RESURRECTION WILL SHOW WHAT IS REAL
Luke 11:29 As the crowds were increasing, Jesus began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it looks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.
Luke 11:30 For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be a sign to this generation.
Luke 11:31 The queen of the South will rise up at the judgement with the people of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon– and now, something greater than Solomon is here!
Luke 11:32 The people of Nineveh will stand up at the judgement with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them– and now, something greater than Jonah is here!
except the sign of Jonah
What an exception! The Old Testament prophet Jonah was “buried” in a whale tomb, and resurrected, going on to lead the evil city of Nineveh to repentance, and revival. Jesus tells his followers that the people of Nineveh will “rise up” and condemn the unbelieving generation of his day. Then he says a Gentile queen will do the same. N.T. Wright says that the “explicit resurrection language” that Jesus used in this passage spoke of a great “reversal” that is to come, when some gentiles who believe are shown to be kingdom citizens, but some Jews shown to not be (The Resurrection of the Son of God, 2012).” The reality of a coming resurrection will demonstrate the reality of our commitment.
LORD, make us true to our faith in Christ, because it matters.