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The sign of the prophet Jonas

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 (Matthew 12:39 KJV)

The Pharisees met with Jesus and requested a sign from Him. They wanted a miraculous proof that He was the Son of God. Jesus was not pleased with their request. Something was wrong with their motivations and intentions. Jesus told them He would give no sign except the sign of the prophet Jonas. He went further to explain what He meant in the following verse:  

For 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 (Matthew 12:40 KJV)

The resurrection of Christ was and remained a tremendous vindication of Jesus as the Christ and the Son of God. The sign of Jonah was an analogy between what happened to Jonah and the resurrection of Christ after three days and three nights. Christ’s teachings were powerful and full of the wisdom of God. He performed mind-blowing miracles. However, His resurrection from the dead is the sign that indicated He is not an ordinary prophet or Jewish Rabbi. The same is true today. The resurrection is God’s sign to the world that Jesus is Who He said He was—the Son of God.

Read more: An old prophet leads a young prophet astray.


What is the sign of Jonah? What did the Jewish leaders do even after they heard the firsthand witness of the resurrection of Christ? ( Matt. 28:12-15). 

Apply the Word

Christ was vindicated as the Son of God by the resurrection, a glorious manifestation of the power of God. It will take that same power of the resurrection to convince the unsaved today that Jesus is the Savior. As Jonah was a sign to his generation, the Lord wants us to be a sign this generation. Desire to see the manifestation of the power of God in your life.


Ask the Father to help you be the sign to this generation that Jesus is the Christ.

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