We have been journeying through the book of Jonah on Sunday Mornings at South Orlando Baptist Church. One thing that I like to point out is how Jesus shows up in every chapter of the Old Testament. Encountering Christ in the pages of the Old Testament increases our joy in reading all of the Bible. I encourage you to study the following references in detail, and to learn for yourself the joy of how to discern Jesus in Old Testament passages. Here are some examples of how to see Jesus in this Chapter:
- 2 Kings 14:25, Jonah 1:1 – Jonah occupies the office of Prophet, one who speaks to the people on God’s behalf. Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of the Old Testament offices of Prophet, Priest, and King. (John 8:26)
- Jonah 1:3-17 – In His mercy, God still pursues rebellious Jonah by sending the storm and the fish. Our merciful God pursues rebels like us through His son Jesus. (Romans 5:8)
- Jesus, who is God, demonstrated in his earthly ministry power over the wind and waves and the appointing of a fish. (Jonah 1:4 – Mark 4:39-41; Jonah 1:17 – Matthew 17:27)
- Jonah 1:3-17 – Jonah disobeyed God by running away. We all have done this. By contrast, there has been only one in all history who perfectly submitted to God in all things. (Philippians 2:8-11)
- Jonah 1:15 – The saving of the mariners through the sacrifice of Jonah prefigures the salvation of all nations through the death of Christ (1 John 2:2).
- Jonah 1:17 – Jonah is under the sea, symbolizing the realm of death. His state prefigures the death of Christ (Matthew 12:40).
If you missed the introduction to Jonah 1, you can watch it here:
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