“Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign from you.”
39 He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
The Sign of Jonah
“You’ve seen me heal the blind and the lame.
You’ve seen me feed the multitudes, walk on water, even raise Lazarus from the dead.
But now you will have the ultimate proof that I AM God the Son.
I’ll give you the sign of Jonah – three days in the belly of a whale – buried at sea.
This will be no mere near-death experience.
Not three seconds. Not three minutes.
Not three hours – when a person can be resuscitated.
They come back from a close encounter with death – a temporary reprieve,
only to die another day.
I will go and conquer death for all time,
I will return to you with a new body
– a glorious resurrection body.
Then you will know that I am no ordinary ‘man of God’, but rather,
I really am God in the form of a man.
Now I can return to where I came from.
My Father in heaven has prepared a place for me, a special place at His right hand.
The best part about it all is that,
one day, if you put your faith in me,
you too will conquer death,
and come to the place which I will have prepared for you.”
Costa Englezos is a lecturer in business and accounting.