Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Whale of a Tale - 3rd Look "the sign of Jonah"

We have recently explored the story of Jonah, Running from God, and the scientific possibility of surviving his journey. If you haven't yet please scroll down to read the last two posts .On our 3rd look at this story we're going to see fulfilled prophecy and fulfillment of the law in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Sign of Jonah 
 God talks to us through his word, and Jesus constantly used the word of God to teach lessons and prove points to the people of his day. Jesus himself even quoted the Old testament scriptures when challenged by Satan in the wilderness:

Mathew 4
 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.
Jesus could predict the future, when confronted by the religious leaders of his day he uses the well known Story of Jonah as a metaphor for what was going to happen to him when he was killed.

 Mathew 12
38 Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.” 39 He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Of course Jesus performed many signs, like healing the afflicted and feeding the hungry, which were all for the good of God. In this circumstance the Pharisees just wanted to condemn him under religious law for some sort of blasphemy or working on the Sabath day.


Jesus verified Jonah's validity
The story of Jonah had to be true because Jesus believed it was. If Jonahs story was fable Jesus wouldn't have been able to use it as reference to his crucifixion to come. When being accused of breaking religious law, Jesus said that Moses wrote the law but he came to fulfill the law. The old testament story of Jonah painted a picture of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many religious people didn't believe in the Messiah, even Jesus' own earthly brother didn't believe in him until he met him in his resurrected state.  If you believe in anything Jesus did you have to recognize everything he said to also be 100% accurate. If Jesus wasn't sinless, then he wasn't God, therefore him dieing for the sins of the Earth was just another dead man on a Roman cross.
Old Testament Picture
The bible says that Hell is in the center of the Earth,
when Jesus died his soul descended to the lower parts of the Earth.
Another Old Testament picture is painted of Jesus Resurrection

Psalm 16 NKJV
10 For You will not leave my soul in Sheol (HELL),
         Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
 11 You will show me the path of life;
         In Your presence is fullness of joy;
         At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.