Today we will be reading from Luke 11: 27-36:
27 While he was saying this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!” 28 But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!”29 When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. 30 For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be to this generation. 31 The queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and indeed, something greater than Solomon is here! 32 The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and indeed, something greater than Jonah is here!33 “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a bushel basket; rather, one puts it on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but if it is unhealthy, your body is full of darkness. 35 Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. 36 But if your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.”
Jesus shares some harsh words with the crowds that are following Him today. We see at the beginning of the passage that He is receiving praise and that crowds are increasing and seeking to follow Him. What are His words to them, then?
Don’t just heap praise on me; that doesn’t matter. Follow me. Obey me. Do what I command you to do. That is how you show me that you love me, do as I have commanded you. Then we see Jesus tell them that in the past, they asked for a sign, and that sign was Jonah. He preached to Nineveh, and many were saved, and so is Jesus preaching in the same way.
The question is this? How many will turn from their sins now? Nineveh heard the word proclaimed and repented. What will happen now? Will people hear and turn from their sins? Or will they remain unchanged? Will they turn to the light, or is that light within them darkness after all?
What will they do with the good news that has been preached to them?
What will we do with the good news that has been preached to us? Just like the crowds of Jesus’ day, we are without an excuse. We have the word preached to us in so many ways and so many places. What will we choose to do with it?
Will we listen to the Word in Scripture? Or through devotionals like this? Or through worship? Or through preaching? Will we allow the signs given to us to transform our hearts? Will will allow the Holy Spirit to convert our actions? Will we give place in our lives to the movement of God? Will we respond to what Jesus is calling us to do?
Will we see the signs before us and follow where it is that God is calling us to? Will we follow? Will we obey> What will we do?
Jesus calls us all fo us to see the signs in front of us, turn, and follow Him. That is His message. Today, will we leave behind whatever is keeping us from Him? Will we lay that aside, and will we follow the signs given? Will we follow?
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