From a Creighton Student's Perspective
March 16, 2011
Senior, History Major
One of the wild parts of the Luke reading is in verse 32, when Jesus says, The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, because of the implications of this statement! Jesus is claiming that the Ninevites, the men who were so wicked that Jonah fled from God to avoid them, were placed in position of authority in which they could condemn the sinners, by their repentance and Gods saving grace! In our core, we are all depraved.
We have been blessed with common grace, but we are still broken with tendency to sin. Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites. Jesus is a sign to us. But I think that the Ninevites are a sign to us as well; they serve as proof of the saving grace of God and how we are all free to accept it. I think this message is one of the beauties of the story of Jesus and Jonah: both are stories of repentance and of grace.
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