1st Week in Lent, Wednesday – 24th February 2021 – Lk 11, 29-32
Most Perfect Sign
Jesus was not impressed by the big crowds, but the disciples were, because He knew what was in their hearts. In order to keep the twelve from being influenced by “success”, Jesus gave them some insights into what the crowd demanded as He ministered the Word. The leaders kept asking Jesus for a sign to prove that He was the Messiah. He gave them two illustrations that involved Gentiles. Pagans such as the Ninevites and the Queen of Sheba turned their hearts to God when they met their imperfect messengers. They were people of simple faith and did not demand for signs and proofs. The Jews had the most perfect sign in their midst, the Son of God himself. If they did not repent then the people of Nineveh and the Queen of Sheba would bear witness against them in last judgment. The only promised sign was “the sign of Jonah the prophet”, which signifies death, burial, and resurrection. Jonah was a living miracle and so is Jesus Christ. In his life time, Jesus gave the Israelites so many opportunities, yet they would not believe (Lk 13,34-35; Jn 12,37-41). The Jews had an opportunity and a privilege far beyond anything, but their blunt refusal attributed the title “evil generation”.