Summary: The danger of not repenting is great
24. Who is Jesus?
February 13th, 2010
Last week we saw a showdown between Jesus and Beelzebub. Jesus cast a demon out a man and in response the religious leaders starting making wild accusations against Him. They could no longer deny Jesus power so they claim that Jesus’s power is Satanic. As you can imagine Jesus wasn’t too happy about this accusation and so the tension really starting to rise. One great thing about conflict is it always to draw attention. As Jesus is responding to this outlandish accusation crowds start to gather. In response to Jesus miracle there were two responses: one group accused Him of having demonic power. The other asked for more signs. Jesus dealt with the accusation against Him now He addresses the second group, the cowards who want more evidence.
Here in Luke 11:29 we get to see how Jesus feels about the people who are always asking for more evidence. Here is a hint: He doesn’t like them. As these crowds start gathering Jesus just lays into them with this really strong criticism.
Lk 11:29 As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. Lk 11:30 For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.
There is nothing wrong with wanting a little verification but this is not an innocent request. The purpose of miracles is to validate Jesus identity. Ideally we shouldn’t need them. Jesus message should be enough to prove to us that He is the Son of God. He is the creator of the world, as His creation we should recognize Him. Jesus performs miracles. These are signs that God gives us because our hearts are hard and without miraculous evidence we would not believe in Jesus.
After all Jesus has done these people are asking for more signs. How clueless can you get? He is the Son of God, the creator, the almighty who has out of His great love for us stepped into human history to restore us to the relationship with God that we lost. He came to suffer and die for us. He is taking responsibility for our sins so that by His death we might have life. He shouldn’t have to prove Himself to us.
Jesus just performed a miracle and the crowd immediately responds by asking for a sign. Jesus says why? You accused me of being Satanic because I cast out a demon what sort of sign do you want? How many miracles is it going to take for you people to believe in me? You want a sign, I’ll give you one: Jonah.
Jonah is a funny dude. He’s like an angry little leprechaun. Jonah is a prophet from Israel who gets called by God to go to Nineveh which is the capital of Assyria. Nineveh was built by a man named Nimrod, and with a name like that who wouldn’t become a tyrant? Assyrians were similar to Babylonians only slightly more barbaric. They were a merciless and savage people. They would burn entire cities, they would burn children, sacrifice children, they had no qualms about selling their own children into slavery, they would cut off people’s hands and heads, staked people into the ground and left on display. They were nasty.