29 As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. 30 For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation. 31 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. 32 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.
We see here that Jesus is using the Old Testament, what the Jews understood in great detail, to help them understand who he was and what he was there to do. Consistently the Jews would ask for a miraculous sign in order for Jesus to prove who he was, however, Jesus here is trying to help them understand that his teaching is just as much a sign. When Jonah went to the Ninevites, his teaching was the sign that they needed in order to correct their ways, same as Solomon’s wisdom was a sign that he was sent by God. Jesus is trying to help the Jews understand that his teaching is just as much of a sign that he is the Son of God to their generation.
We need to understand that what Jesus says is of crucial significance. It allows us to understand who he is as the Son of God and the savior of the world. We need to allow the words of Christ, and the Bible, to be a sign that God is who he says he is and that we need to align our ways to how he calls us to live.
Heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus. Help us today to apply his word and allow it to be a sign for us but also, by the Holy Spirit, allow the evidence of it in our lives be a sign for those around us. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Written by Ps. Annique Botta