Jesus is Greater

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Matthew 12

38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”

39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.

 

One important point that the Pharisees, and most of the people in Israel, missed in Jesus’ day was the greatness of who Jesus was.  Some of them only saw Jesus as the son of an immoral relationship for they denied the virgin birth.  Some saw him as a prophet and some as a rabbi.  Phillip came to Jesus believing in him and Jesus praised Phillip for his faith.  But Thomas refused to believe that Jesus could have risen from the dead.  Jesus knew who he was and as we see in today’s passage he makes a statement of his greatness.

 

The people loved to see Jesus do miracles. Many followed him just to see the supernatural before their eyes.  The Apostles asked what manner of man was this who could calm the storm?  They were amazed when Jesus fed the multitudes with a few loaves and a few fish. The man healed from blindness knew that Jesus had to be someone special but the Pharisees kicked that man out of the synagogue.  While the people of Jesus day loved to see the miraculous, they refused to see Jesus as God.

 

On this day, when the people asked for another sign or another miracle to prove who he was, Jesus denied their request and gave them a prophecy and lesson.  Jesus used the well-known example of Jonah being in the belly of the great fish for three days as a lesson of his upcoming time in the grave for three days. (By the way, while many today deny the Jonah story as impossible, Jesus taught that Jonah was literally swallowed by a great fish, regurgitated upon the shore and went on to preach in Nineveh.) Jonah was respected as a prophet of Israel and Jesus let it be known that he was greater than a well-known prophet.

 

My friends, whatever you do, keep Jesus where he belongs. Do not let those around you relegate the Savior of the world to simply a prophet or a great teacher.  Jesus is God; he was God in the flesh; and he now reigns over all.  It is at the name of Jesus that every knee will bow one day. Do all that you do in the name of and for the glory of Jesus Christ.  Put on the Lord Jesus Christ in all that you do and in all that you say. Only in the Lord Jesus will anyone find hope.  Stand up for the Savior for He is the great I AM, the Savior of the World, the Prince of Peace and the only hope for every situation of mankind.  Remember these words of Christ, “… and I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto myself.”

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Thank you for your prayers for VBS last night.  We had over 60 children in attendance, a great spirit in them all and a wonderful opportunity to point them to the true riches in Christ.  Each night the lessons become more and more pointed to the children’s need of the Savior.  Join us in continued prayer for God to reach into these young hearts with his gospel that we may see many salvations for God’s glory.

A great big thanks to all of you who are laboring with us each night.  We can’t get weary in well doing, we still have three great nights to go.

I read in Romans 13 this morning that the governments of man are ordained by God and that we are not to speak evil of them. Our country is so divided over the government today.  I fear that this division will lead to a great anarchy.  For while the President and his governmental body is trying to uphold written law the other side is upholding human emotion and feelings.  The chasm between the two has to be of the devil who is against all of God’s workings. Study Romans 13 before you join those who are critical of everything the government does. 

Have a great day in the Lord,
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