- Luke 11:29-36 “And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
- “The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas (s/b Jonah) ; and, behold, a greater than Jonas (s/b Jonah) is here. No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light. The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.”
- Comment from TFG ‘The Four Fold Gospel’
There shall no sign be given it but the sign of Jonah the prophet. They did not accept miracles of healing as a sign, and only one other kind of sign was given; namely, that of Jonah. Jonah was shown to be a true prophet of God, and Nineveh received him as such because he was rescued from the fish’s belly, and Jesus was declared to be the Son of God by the resurrection from the dead (Ro 1:4). Also Cmt. on Mt 16:4.
- And there shall no sign be given unto it. Cmt. on Mr 8:12.
But the sign of Jonah. The resurrection or Jonah sign was a sign from heaven in the sense in which they used the words; that is, it was wrought directly by God, and not through man. Cmt. on Mt 12:39.
- Mt 12:39
An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign. While the Jews of that generation could well be accused literally of adultery, Jesus here evidently uses it in its symbolic sense as used by the prophets. They represented Israel as being married to God and as being untrue to him (Ex 34:15; Jer 3:14,20).
- Matthew 12:38-42 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet ‘Jonas'(s/b Jonah): For as ‘Jonas’ (s/b Jonah) was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of ‘Jonas’ (s/b Jonah); and, behold, a greater than ‘Jonas’ (s/b Jonah) is here. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
- 11 Resurrection of Jesus
Rightly Dividing the Word, by Clarence Larkin, 1920
Chapter 11: Resurrection of Jesus
The Resurrection of Jesus is the foundation fact on which Christianity is built. “If Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” 1Co 15:17. The proof of Jesus’ “Deity” depended on His Resurrection from the dead. Five different times He declared that He would be crucified and buried and on the third day would rise from the dead. Mt 12:39-40; 20:17-19; 26:30-32; Lu 18:31-33; Joh 2:19-22. If He had not risen we would not have known whether He was what He claimed to be or not, but the Apostle Paul says He was “declared (demonstrated) to be the SON OF GOD . . . by the RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD.” Ro 1:4.
- Jesus came to take the sinner’s place and satisfy the Law.
- If Jesus had not risen from the dead we should not have known whether this had been done. When the criminal has served out his full time he cannot be held in confinement a moment longer. According to the Scriptures Jesus’
sentence was that He should remain in the grave three days, when the time was up no power in heaven, earth, or hell could hold Him there a minute longer. This is clearly brought out in Ac 2:24– “Whom God raised up from the dead, having loosed the pains
(power) of death because it was not possible that He should be HOLDEN OF IT.”
- The Psalmist said of Jesus — “Thou wilt not suffer Thine `Holy One’ to see CORRUPTION.” Ps 16:10; Ac 2:29-32.
Therefore Jesus had to rise before the fourth day when corruption is supposed to set in. The Resurrection of Jesus is proof that “DEATH” has been conquered. When Jesus appeared to John on the Isle of Patmos He declared– “I am He that liveth, and was
dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen: and have the KEYS of `Hell’ (Hades, the Underworld) and of `Death’ (the Grave).”
Re 1:18. We can picture “Death” saying to Captain Sepulchre, “Hold on to that man in Joseph’s Tomb until `corruption’ shall have seized upon Him, for if He come out He will make a breach in the walls of `Hades’ (the Underworld) through which all the prisoners of `Hades’ will escape.” But it was not “Death” that had taken Christ
captive. Christ simply pursued “Death” into his own dominions, and then conquering him came forth leading captivity captive, and crying “I am the RESURRECTION and the LIFE.” Joh 11:25.
- When Jesus rose from the dead He– “ABOLISHED DEATH, and brought `Life’
and `Immortality’ to light.” 2Ti 1:10. That is, He took from Death its terrors, and made provision by which we shall be freed from the bonds of Death by the resurrection of our bodies, so that ultimately there will be no more Death. Re 21:4.
- Therefore because the Tomb could not hold Jesus it shall not be able to hold us, for– “If the Spirit of Him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in us, He that
raised up Christ from the dead shall quicken our mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in us.” Ro 8:11. That is raise us from the dead.
- TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT WE DON’T KNOW WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT:
- 1 Thessalonians 5:2-4 “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.”
- [Source: SwordSearch 4) Editor: Rita Williams KJV
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