The Sign of Jonah
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.
There’s a lot of old testament in this passage centring around Jonah. The audience would have known what Jesus was talking about and would have realised that Jesus was saying he was the new king.
This passage is about repentance and about giving up that which separates us from God. It’s very apt for lent (good old lectionary) and so I wonder what I’ll give up today especially. I’ll certainly be giving up talking because I’ve developed a massive ulcer.
Jesus you keep telling your people to repent, to come closer to God. Help us come closer with you. Amen