Daily Devotion: The Sign of Jonah

As the crowds increased, Jesus said, ‘This is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation. The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom; and now something greater than Solomon is here. 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 something greater than Jonah is here. – Luke 11:29-32

The sign of Jonah refers to the connection between the three days Jonah was was in the belly of the great fish and the three days Jesus would be in the tomb before He rose from the dead.

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Daily Devotion: Forgiven Much

In Luke 7 Jesus is invited to the house of a Pharisee. While there, a “sinful woman” came in and “she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, ‘If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.

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Daily Devotion: Slain from Creation

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.” – Peter 1:18-21

“All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.” – Revelation 13:8

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Daily Devotion: The Greater Miracle

“The seventy-two returned with joy and said, ‘Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.’

 He replied, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.  I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” – Luke 10:17-20

In Luke 10 Jesus sends out 72 disciples to minister. Jesus enables them to work miracles healing the sick and driving out demons as they proclaim the kingdom of God. When they return from being out in the field they joyfully report to Jesus that “even the demons submit to us in your name.”

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