The Mercy of the Lord | Part 3: A New and Better Jonah

I feel like we need to pause here for a moment. You know, you and I were born and raised in Nineveh. We lived in a foreign city hostile to the ways of God. As Paul puts it in Ephesians 2:1-3 … we were dead in the trespasses and sins following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air … living in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath.

But to us, God sent a new and better Jonah. 

Jesus was a new and better Jonah.

Whereas Jonah had a word from God, Jesus is the Word of God.

Whereas Jonah was selfish and did what he wanted, Jesus was selfless and did what God wanted.

Whereas Jonah served when it was convenient and comfortable, Jesus considered himself nothing and gave up everything.

Whereas as Jonah was resentful and unmerciful toward sinners, Jesus was kind and compassionate toward sinners.

Aren’t you glad to us, God did not send Jonah, but sent Jesus?

Aren’t you glad that, as Paul says in Ephesians 2:4-10 … 4 God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. 

But for now in our narrative, we have Jonah! We’ll return to him in our next post. 

 

Rob Tims

Rob is Teaching Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.