Day 155 – Repent
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. For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation. 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. 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. Luke 11:29-32
Jesus doesn’t pull his punches.
The crowds are hungry for the unusual and spectacular – they want a show. Jesus will have none of it. As with yesterday, Jesus is not interested in outward appearance, He calls the people to hear the Word of God and obey.
Jonah prefigured Jesus in that he spent three days in a tomb (the big fish) and called for repentance. Forgiveness and restoration are available, but repentance must come first.
The people of Ninevah did just this.
On the day of Pentecost, Peter spelt it out for the gathered crowd: When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Acts 2:37-38
It’s not a fashionable concept or, as Jonah discovered, comfortable to articulate, but unrepented sin, like an untreated disease, is at the heart of the world’s ills. If God’s people won’t speak out this truth, who will?
P.S. My iPad spellchecker didn’t like the word “unrepented”. It wanted to change it to “unreported”!
Father God, it took Jonah quite a while and a lot of discomfort to be ready to speak out. Attune my ears and my will that I may be swifter and more willing to speak to those You want to hear Your word. Amen