While he was saying this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!” But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!”
When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be to this generation. The queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here! The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here!
“No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar, but on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness. Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.”
For all the people in the New Testament who believed, there were many more who didn’t. It can be so easy to be disheartened about how terrible people are when we compare them to all of the amazing people of faith in the Bible. But look, many had Jesus in front of them and still did not believe! Compare that, He says, with the people of Nineveh who believed even Jonah, the prophet who wanted to see them burn. People of old, Jesus said, traveled great distances to hear the wise speak, yet these people can’t even recognize wisdom!
I watched a video once about how every generation think they’re living in the most sinful and depraved time in history. The video cited letters and sermons and literature from every time period imaginable about how wicked the people were. Then the narrator talked about Sodom and Gomorrah. He read literature about things you wouldn’t believe from all eras. Perhaps, the video concluded, we are not getting increasingly wicked, but maybe it’s part of human nature to think this is the worst time in history.
I don’t know if he’s right or not, but at the very least our generation hasn’t rejected Jesus to his face. We haven’t sent Jesus to be crucified, we haven’t spit on and mocked Him. That’s not to say some people wouldn’t if they had the chance, but they haven’t had the chance. So you see, things could be worse.
I will say this to my generation though. The proof you seek is in the sign of Jonah. Few ancient accounts have the historical authenticity of the Bible. Enjoy the briefest infographic I was able to quickly find on the subject:
Perhaps we have all the proof we need right here at our fingertips.