We continue our series on Jesus Christ as the one way today. We continue where we left off last week. If you missed some, you can go to the Sunday Series page and catch up there.
“The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now one greater than Jonah is here.” – Matthew 12:41
What do we know about Jonah?
1) Jonah hated the people, despised them, and wanted them dead. God had to transform his heart in order for him to get it. We see that God loves mankind, even the most ‘unworthy’ among us.
2) Three days in the belly of a fish would have killed him if God had not preserved him. In similar fashion, Jesus conquered the grave.
3) Jonah’s call to love meant telling them about God’s love for them. This was not an easy thing for Jonah.
The story deals with love, forgiveness and hope. This sounds a lot like the Gospel with love, forgiveness and hope. The difference is that this actually makes Jesus greater than Jonah.
One Greater than Solomon is here
The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now one greater than Solomon is here. – Matthew 12:42
Solomon is known for his wisdom. His greatest glory was that he was wiser than anyone else. At the same time, his downfall came as a result of not following his own wisdom. Solomon had a breaking point and he reached it.
Jesus Christ is greater than them all because he alone offers fulfillment and joy of walking with God.
Jesus Stands Out From the Crowd
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, – Colossians 1: 13
This is what makes Him stand out from the other supposed gods. We have a king who died for the peasants! He loves us so much that He left His own comfort, a place that was rightfully His to die for us.
There is no other way to say this. There is no mystery to it. The essence of the Gospel is this:
“For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” – 1 Corinthians 2:2
What the Bible says about salvation from A.B. Simpson’s book “The four-fold Gospel”
1) It is God’s salvation and is not invented by man. He is the author and He is the only Savior
2) It is your salvation and you must appropriate it
3) It is a common salvation and free to all who accept it
4) It is a great salvation; full, infinite, and large enough for all your needs
5) Christ is called “mighty to save” It doesn’t matter how weak or wicked someone is. He is able to save them completely
6) It is a near salvation. You can take it here and now.
The process to receive it (also from the book)
1) Conviction of sin – we must see our need, our danger – When you realize your sin, Christ is precious to you
2) Look to Jesus – Jesus is able and willing to save. “Look upon Jesus”
3) Repentance – turn from sin (not just emotional, but heart change)
4) Come to Jesus- Turn away from sin, turning to Jesus
5) Accept Jesus as Savior – not just prayer but claiming Him as Savior, embracing promises, believing He is personally redeeming you.
6) Realize Christ has accepted you – You are children of God
7) Confess Christ as Savior
8) Abide in Christ – walk with Him daily.
May you find the joy of following Christ today and forever. Have a great Sunday in worship to the Lord!