Jesus the true and greater Jonah
1. Both left the city!
-Jonah left the city of Nineveh in pride and self-righteousness. Not wanted to receive mercy and grace. Not realizing Jonah is Nineveh without God coming to him an showing him love and grace. Jonah left the city full of rebellious, prejudice and was a man without a mission.
-Jesus was a man with a mission. first jesus left heaven as God and became a man, and entered human history by being born of a virgin. The bible says that “God so loved the world that he gave his son” Jesus came to us because of love. And again in humility jesus entered the city, while men of prestige today travel in luxurious planes in expensive cars. Jesus our God, king and savior enter the city on the back of a donkey. Then Jesus left the city like Jonah but not under his own accord, they had to drag Jesus out of Jerusalem under false charges to crucify him.
2. Both took the wrath of the storm!
-Jonah in selfishness, refused to jump in to the storm of God’s wrath to die for the sailors. Although, they ultimately threw him and and were saved. the real hero is Jesus.
Jesus, took on the real storm, the storm of God’s wrath. By fulfilling his mission on coming to earth Jesus died for our sin in our place upon the cross. ALL of God’s wrath, and its the size of the ocean, it went upon Jesus instead of us. and he did it willingly, we didn’t need to throw Jesus on the cross. He laid down his life willingly in love. He was punished in our place, for our mistakes, for our rebellion. We deserved judgement but we received mercy and grace.
3. Both were in the belly of the whale three days!
-For three days and three nights Jonah remained in the belly of whale until he repented. Until he finally realized how selfish, prideful, and self-righteous he had become.
-Jesus also spend three days in death. For three days and three nights, Jesus went to paradise, not heaven as told to us in Luke 16. Telling all the old testament saints his victory on the cross over Satan, sin and death. That through his obedience they would all be forgiven by faith in his work on the cross. While Jonah spend three days in lament, Jesus spend 3 days in victory.
4. Both experienced resurrection!
-Jonah eventually repented and the fish puked Jonah out on dry land. And Jonah experienced resurrection and new life and a new heart towards God and his people and in Jonah 2:9 Jonah screams “Salvation belongs the the Lord” the central theme of the bible.
-Jesus died on Friday at calvary and on Sunday Jesus resurrected proving his sacrifice was accepted by God. Proving his atonement was full payment for our sin.
5. Both preached 40 days after resurrection!
-For 40 days Jonah went on the preach to Nineveh and the goodness of God and about his love and mercy.
-For 40 days Jesus also preached about his victory over death an sin to his disciples. It was his resurrection from death that transformed 12 ordinary men into fearless disciples.
What is my point in showing you all this?
if it wasn’t for Jesus loving us we would all be like Nineveh, far from God. Becoming our own gods and living our lives for our own purposes. In utter disobedience to him. and we all rightly deserved judgment for our sins against God.
Also, if i wasn’t for Jesus love us in the the church we would all become and remain as Jonah, self-righteous, prideful, arrogant towards those outside the church. forgetting they are a mirror. Jonah is Nineveh without Jesus’s love and mercy.
So you see, we all need Jesus. Not just sinners, but self righteous people too. we all needs his loving grace, and he’s the hero of this story. This isn’t a story about a fish at all but about God lovingly, patiently leading us into repentance for our goodness and his Glory.