The sign of Jonas (Matthew 12:38-45) | back

 38Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. They wanted Christ to show them a miracle because they would not believe what they have heard. Don't test God!

 39But 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. Speaking of Jonah being in the belly of the whale for three nights. Jonah means (Dove) which is symbolic of the Holy Spirit.

 40For as Jonas 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. What happened to Jonah was symbolic of what would happen to Christ. (The whole book of Jonah was about Christ's ministry).

 41The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. All the healings and miracles Christ performed and they would still not believe that He was Messiah.

 42The 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. Speaking of the Queen of Sheba. (I Kings 10).

 43When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. When an evil spirit leaves someone it seeks rest but finds none.

 44Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. When the evil spirit leaves someone the one it leaves is nice and clean, but if you do not place Christ in that clean person, guess who is coming back? The same demon that left!

 45Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation. Now the demon brings back more demons with him and the person is worse of than before. Again the message here is power over your enemies! First you must drive them out; then you must place Christ in their place. If not, these demons will come back ten fold!