What Jesus Did! 'Greater Than' — Luke 11:31-32

Thursday, July 30, 2015

"On the judgment day, you people that live now will be compared with the Queen of the South, and she will be a witness to show that you are wrong (guilty). Why? Because she traveled from far, far away to listen to Solomon's wise teaching. And I tell you that someone greater than Solomon is right here, {but you won't listen to me}! On the judgment day, you people that live now will also be compared with the people from Nineveh, and they will be witnesses to show that you are wrong (guilty). Why? Because when Jonah preached to those people, they changed their hearts and lives. And you are listening to someone greater than Jonah, {but you refuse to change}!"
— Luke 11:31-32
Illustration of Luke 11:31-32 —  And I tell you that someone greater than Solomon is right here, {but you won't listen to me}!

Key Thought

There were far greater leaps of faith made in the past to believe in God's messengers than Jesus was asking people to take in his day. The Queen of Sheba traveled a long way to learn from Solomon. The people of Nineveh repented at the preaching of a hated enemy who proclaimed a foreign God to them. Jesus was far greater than they were and yet sadly his own people often refused to believe. Their refusal, however, will not go unnoticed in heaven. There are huge stakes in our faith, or refusal of faith, in Jesus. He comes and claims to be "greater than ..." and asks us to believe. No fence straddling allowed. No lukewarm position included. No middle ground. The call is to believe, because regardless of our choice, Jesus is greater than ....

Today's Prayer

Thank you, dear heavenly Father, for calling me to get off the fence and place my weight down fully on my faith in Jesus. I know that so much of my life—my values, my hope, my character, my morals, my code of life, my closest friendships, etc., are all dependent on this one crucial choice. So, dear Father, I proclaim to you and all who know me that I believe that Jesus Christ is your Son and my Lord and Savior. I believe I will stand in your presence and honor him for his sacrifice. I believe that because of Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection that I stand before you forgiven and cleansed, one of your holy children. I believe, dear Father, and so I thank you for my faith and the one in whom it is invested and in whose name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

The group of people grew larger and larger. Jesus said, "The people that live today are evil. They ask for a miracle as a sign (proof) from God. But no miracle will be given as a sign to them. The only sign will be the miracle that happened to Jonah. Jonah was a sign for those people that lived in Nineveh. It is the same with the Son of Man. The Son of Man will be a sign for the people of this time. On the judgment day, you people that live now will be compared with the Queen of the South, and she will be a witness to show that you are wrong (guilty). Why? Because she traveled from far, far away to listen to Solomon's wise teaching. And I tell you that someone greater than Solomon is right here, {but you won't listen to me}! On the judgment day, you people that live now will also be compared with the people from Nineveh, and they will be witnesses to show that you are wrong (guilty). Why? Because when Jonah preached to those people, they changed their hearts and lives. And you are listening to someone greater than Jonah, {but you refuse to change}! "No person takes a light and puts it under a bowl or hides it. Instead, a person puts the light on a lamp table so that the people that come in can see. Your eye is a light for the body. If your eyes are good, then your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, then your whole body will be full of darkness (sin). So be careful! Don't let the light in you become dark.

Luke 11:29-35

Related Scripture Readings

The true Light was coming into the world. This is the true Light that gives light to all people. The Word was already in the world. The world was made through him. But the world (people) did not know him. He came to the world that was his own. But his own people did not accept him. Some people did accept him. They believed in him. He gave something to those people who believed. He gave them the right to become children of God.

John 1:9-12

Jesus did many other miracles that his followers saw. Those miracles are not written in this book. But these things are written so that you can believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Then, by believing, you can have life through his name.

John 20:30-31

You were all baptized into Christ. So you were all clothed with Christ. This shows that you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Now, in Christ, there is no difference between Jew and Greek (non-Jew). There is no difference between slaves and free people. There is no difference between male and female. You are all the same in Christ Jesus. You belong to Christ. So you are Abraham's descendants. You get all of God's blessings because of the promise {that God made to Abraham}.

Galatians 3:26-29

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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