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.

– Luke 11:29-30 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

Jonah was the prophet who was in the belly of a great fish for three days before he was spit up upon the soil of Nineveh. Jesus was referring to a miraculous sign that no one would see – Jesus would die, enter into the bowels of the earth for three days and then rise from the dead on the third day in glory. Like Jonah, this journey would be hidden, yet when it was revealed it produced startling results. The miracle of Jesus is that anyone who believes in the resurrection can be given the same gift of repentance that God gave the Ninevites. No matter how wicked, no matter how hated, God’s mercy is available through Jesus Christ.

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