Something greater than Solomon is here ...
When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation. It seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
Before the cross.. before the resurrection.. Jesus gave many illusions to, and spoke directly of, his death and return to life. It amazes me how people of that day, and even our day, miss it when he speaks of the prophet Jonah who was in the belly of a great fish for three days and then was given a second chance to live. It is often said that Jonah must have been some sight when the fish spit him up on the beach. Even so the sight of the risen Christ was greater.
I wonder went through the minds of those present when Jesus compared himself to the man who is often considered the wisest man who ever lived. The proverbs written by King Solomon offer great spiritual insight. Yet even the wisdom of Solomon cannot compare to the teachings of Christ. The teachings of Jesus are without comparison both then and now. He went beyond the law and prophets and spoke authoritatively about the heart and kingdom of God.
You are greater than all who have ever lived Lord Jesus. You are God and I worship you.