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On Fish and Tombs

There’s an Old Testament shadow of new Life in an old story about a disobedient prophet named Jonah.

Jonah’s disobedience and fleeing from God lands him in a fish’s belly. Jonah was in there three days and three nights. He prayed while he was in there and whoever wrote Jonah gives us a real poetic version of it.

Hundreds of years later, when Jesus is on the scene, he tells us how to read that story. He gives us permission to make that fish a picture of his tomb.

Jonah ends up in the belly of a fish because of his disobedience. He is as good as dead. God preserves his life, calls him again, and gives him another chance.

Jesus ends up in the depths of the earth because of his people’s disobedience. He is dead. The Father raises him from the dead, conquering death and showing us new Life.

Christ rose. We will too.


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