Pontius Pilot once asked Jesus, “What is truth?” It is a question that has continued to be asked through the ages. When it comes to the truth about Jesus, what is your response? When you hear about the amazing things God has done in the lives of people, how Christ Jesus has transformed lives, do you respond with skepticism, immediacy, or desire to know more?
In Luke 11:29-36, Jesus confronts the skepticism of the Pharisees to his teaching about the Kingdom of God. He uses the Ninevites and the Queen of Sheba as examples of Gentiles who responded after hearing the truth about God. Both responded to God’s truth in a way that the Pharisees refused with the Son of God standing in their midst.
The Queen of Sheba sought out God’s wisdom because she heard about it. She wanted to know if it was real and discovered it was more than real. She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard (1 Kings 10:6-7, NASB).” The Queen of Sheba is an example of what God intended for Israel – to model living for God to the nations.
In the case of the Ninevites, they repented after Jonah preached to them about impending distaster. Jonah 3:3-5 tells us, “Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, ‘Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.’ The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.”
Luke 11:30 tells us, “For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.” Jesus continues to be a sign to us. Will you seek to know the truth about Him? Will you respond to His word — seeking to know if what you hear about Christ Jesus is real? Will you respond to His word, humbling yourself before the risen Lord?
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