“One man for all time.” – Carl Gulley //
This week, Lead Pastor Carl Gulley finished our series, Whales + Worms: Our reluctance. His relentlessness. We’ve learned key lessons throughout the series and ended by highlighting the correlations between the story of Jonah and Jesus.
GOD CONTINUES TO DO THE UNBELIEVABLE
In the story of Jonah, we see the unbelievable happen many times, but we might think it is just that – unbelievable. Did all of that really happen? Similar to the Pharisees in Matthew 12, we ask for more signs, not because we haven’t seen the wonders of God, but because we find ourselves wanting proof and wanting more. To this, Jesus answers the Pharisees with the unbelievable in Matthew 12:40, “For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth”.
Here, we see Jesus do two things:
- For any skeptics, He confirms the story of Jonah. It wasn’t a myth; it was real.
- He is hinting at a prophetic picture of resurrection, which had never been done.
THE RESURRECTION STORY
Jesus is comparing Jonah’s time in the whale to His own death, burial and resurrection. Up to this point, there had been miraculous signs, but Jesus was saying that something else would be the catalyst for our faith. Jesus was claiming He would die, come back to life and bring everyone who is spiritually dead to spiritual life – or resurrection. To the Pharisees and to us, this is unbelievable. So, the question isn’t if we believe the story of Jonah: it’s if we believe in the resurrection.
If the resurrection did not occur, then Jesus was just a good man. But, if the resurrection is true, then we can run to God with assurance of reconciliation and resurrection. If we truly believe in the resurrection, we can believe for the unbelievable in our own lives. What needs a resurrection in your life?
Whether you were with us throughout the series on Jonah or you only caught the last sermon, we encourage you to go back and listen to the full series and apply each sermon. Below are the questions and application points from each week. Take time to ask yourself and God these questions, pray these prayers and see what God will do in and through your life.
RECAP & ACTIVATION //
- Week 1: What are you running from that you should be running to?
- Week 2: Pray specifically, with strength and using scripture. These are what we call “Underwater Prayers”.
- Week 3: Who are my Ninevites?
- Week 4: Pray “God, please send a worm to attack whatever leafy plant I am sitting under.”
- Week 5: What needs a resurrection in my life?
We believe that as you ask these questions, you will experience God move in your life and bring growth into these areas for resurrection!