Gospel – March 4, 2019 – Luke 11:29-32
While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them,
“This generation is an evil generation;
it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it,
except the sign of Jonah.
Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites,
so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
At the judgment
the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation
and she will condemn them,
because she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
and there is something greater than Solomon here.
At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
and condemn it,
because at the preaching of Jonah they repented,
and there is something greater than Jonah here.”
The Ninevites weren’t Jewish – they didn’t know Yahweh. They were a people given to the desires of the World. But God didn’t just create the Jews and he didn’t just love the Jews. He wanted the Ninevites to know him and to love him. He didn’t want to destroy them for their sinful ways when they didn’t even know of him.
So Jonah was sent – by his own fault a very circuitous route – and he preached to the people of Nineveh. And the people of Nineveh listened and repented and were saved.
Jesus isn’t getting a fraction of what Jonah received and he is there for the Jews themselves. And he gives them a warning. And still they didn’t heed.
We know him. We know he loves us – he died on a cross for us. But do we hear his words?
“He who has ears should hear.”
At least that’s what I heard Him say…