Sunday, May 8, 2005

Luke- Greater than Jonah

Luke 11:27  And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.  

The woman wished to honor Jesus by giving honor to his mother. On mother's day we honor mothers, but Jesus was more like the image of His Father, God, than of his mother. Mary was blessed, but still a sinner.  

Luke 1:28  And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

Luke 11:28  But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.  

He came to bring the word of he Father. His word is eternal and holy. Blessed are they that hear the word and keep it.

Luke 11:29  And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.
Luke 11:30  For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.

Some do not accept the story of Jonah, calling it a myth. Jesus affirms the story as an illustration of his death, being in the grave three days, and his resurrection witness. When the Ninevites heard Jonah they repented and were saved from God's wrath. In the same manner, those who repent and receive the witness of Jesus are saved with eternal salvation.  

Heb 7:25  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Luke 11:31  The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
Luke 11:32  The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

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