~ Jesus Christ Is the Greatest of All Missionaries ~
The Bible is about Jesus Christ ~ “Jesus said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter His glory?’ And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself” (Luke 24:25-27).
Jesus Christ is foreshadowed in the Book of Jonah as the Great Foreign Missionary. He is one greater than Jonah. It is interesting that Jesus Christ can be identified with even the most imperfect of His children.
There are many points in the life of Jonah which have parallels in the life of Jesus Christ while He was on earth. The most obvious of these parallels is that they both spent three days and nights separated from the world around them. Jesus, Himself, pointed out this contrast.
“But He [Jesus Christ] answered and said to them, ‘An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For 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. The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here’” (Matthew 12:39-41).
Comment ~ We have only touched the surface of Christ in the Book of Jonah.
The Apostle Paul told us the Scriptures present many shadows of things to come but the reality is found in Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:17).
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