The Sign of Jonah

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Christ Our Hope

Key Bible Verse: “For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.” (Matthew 12:40)

Dig Deeper: 

The most seen symbol on the graves of the earliest Christians who were persecuted for their faith was the sign of the fish. Jesus said that he would be the sign of Jonah (today’s Key Bible Verse). Jonah spent three days in the fish and then was spit out. Jesus did the same, but his fish was a tomb. The fish was the sign of the hope that death lasts for only three days; then you have new life. Resurrection life. Christian hope is a hope in the empty tomb. Our journeys are made in hopes of the future moment when the rock rolls away and Christ ejects from death.

Why do we hope in the empty tomb? We’ll eject with Jesus. That’s a Christ-follower’s hope. In the tragic sadness of the death of Jesus is the glory of the beauty of resurrection. To believe in resurrection is to always try to reenact resurrection. To relive it. To find it. To be it. To live the resurrection life. To turn shame into grace. To turn death into beauty. To turn ashes into grace.

– A. J. Swoboda in A Glorious Dark

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