“…Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Luke 24:5-7
This week we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus together at our Easter services! It was the sweetest morning as we worshipped and stood in the victory and life we are given because of Jesus. Lead pastor Carl Gulley shared a message centered around the story of Jonah. Though it seems like a non-traditional Easter message, the story of Jonah prophetically points to Jesus.
THE RESURRECTION OF JONAH POINTS TO THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS, AND ULTIMATELY REVEALS THE PROMISE OF OUR RESURRECTION.
We spent most of our morning in Jonah 1-3. The Lord asks Jonah to go to Nineveh, a place that is full of destruction and wickedness. To Jonah, this request makes no sense. Still today, God will unapologetically ask us to do things that don’t make sense in the beginning but will ultimately lead to life.
Jonah disobeys, runs in the opposite direction and finds himself in the belly of a whale for three days. It would be fair to say that Jonah got what he deserved, and his story could have ended inside the whale. In his desperation, Jonah cries out to God and the Lord delivers him.
Our story probably looks a lot like Jonah’s. We can find ourselves feeling hopeless, stuck and in need of a Savior.
JESUS IS THAT SAVIOR.
“because just as Jonah was in the stomach of the sea creature for three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights… But look – something greater than Jonah is here.” Matthew 12:40 – 41
Jesus willingly went to the cross and died for our sins. But the story didn’t end there. He not only took on all of our mess, but He overcame by rising from the dead after three days. We are now invited to stand in victory with Jesus, fully forgiven and made clean.
FORGIVENESS CHANGES THE GAME FOR EVERYONE.
This is the reason we celebrate! We celebrate our risen Savior who gives us hope and brings us from death to life.