The Miracle Of Missions

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Jonah 1-4 (Program: 2332, Air dates: 09.13.2015 & 09.20.2015)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. The miracle of Jonah being swallowed by a great fish, prepared by God, is a literal account.
    2. The Hebrew word used for “fish” in Jonah 1:17 can be translated “a sea monster.”
    3. This miracle, which illustrates the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, also teaches us a great missionary message.
  1. WE NEED TO HEED THE MISSIONARY MANDATE. (Jonah 1:1-3)
    1. Jonah was a reluctant missionary: instead of going to Nineveh as God directed, he went in the opposite direction to Tarshish.
      1. Joppa was a seaport.
      2. Many believe Tarshish to be the modern-day England.
    2. God commanded Jonah to go to Nineveh to preach a message of judgment to the people. As we see later on in the book of Jonah, God would much rather forgive and save than to judge.
    3. As believers, we are to take the saving message of Jesus Christ to all people.
      1. Mark 16:15
      2. 2 Peter 3:9
      3. Isaiah 11:9
    4. We never need to be afraid of obeying God.
    5. Two things happen when we run from God:
      1. Our disobedience will be at great cost to other people.
        1. Jonah 1:3-4
        2. When Jonah disobeyed God, others suffered.
        3. Ezekiel 33:8
      2. Our disobedience will be at great cost to ourselves.
        1. Jonah 1:17
        2. Jonah suffered mightily for running from God.
  1. WE NEED TO PREACH THE MISSIONARY MESSAGE. (Jonah 1:11-17)
    1. What is the missionary message?
      1. The substitutionary death of the Lord Jesus Christ.
        1. Jonah is a picture of the Gospel message.
          1. Matthew 12:40-41
            1. The word for “whale” in this passage is a more generic term meaning “the great fish’s belly.”
          2. Jonah was also sacrificed so that others might live.
            1. Jonah did not jump overboard, but rather the men in the ship threw him overboard.
            2. The men first thought that they would lighten the load of the ship in order to save themselves. We often do the same thing when we think we can fix ourselves and don’t really need Jesus.
            3. We had a part in Jesus’ crucifixion as He was crucified for our sins.
          3. The men in the ship labored by rowing hard, but their labor could not save them.
          4. The writhing sea represents God’s judgment.
          5. The great fish represents the grave.
          6. Only when the men threw Jonah overboard did the sea become calm.
            1. The only way we can receive peace from God is through the substitutionary death of Jesus.
            2. Colossians 1:20
            3. Titus 3:5
      2. The supernatural resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
        1. Jonah 2:10
        2. Acts 26:8
    2. The message of Jonah and the missionary message are the same.
  1. WE NEED TO REMEMBER THE MISSIONARY MIRACLE. (Jonah 3:1)
    1. The great missionary miracle is the grace of God.
      1. God does not hold grudges.
      2. God’s grace is sufficient for us.
    2. God is the God of the second chance.
      1. Jeremiah 18:1-11
      2. Acts 15:36-41
      3. 2 Timothy 4:11
      4. John 18:15-27
    3. Not only did God give Jonah a second chance, but He also gave the people of Nineveh a second chance.
      1. Jeremiah 18:7
      2. Matthew 12:41
      3. Nineveh was one of the most wicked cities on Earth.
      4. Had Nineveh not repented, they would have been destroyed.
        1. Jonah 3:4
  1. WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE MISSIONARY MOTIVE. (Jonah 4:1-3)
    1. Jonah was displeased that God had granted forgiveness to the people of Nineveh; Jonah did not love the people of Nineveh.
    2. Jonah 4:4-11
      1. Some believe that the “sixscore thousand persons” mentioned in Jonah 4:11 refers to children.
      2. Jonah cared more for the gourd vine than he did for the souls in Nineveh.
    3. Does our comfort mean more to us than lost souls? What is our gourd vine?
  1. CONCLUSION
    1. Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?
    2. Call upon Jesus Christ today. Repent (turn) from your sins, and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.
    3. Romans 10:9-10
    4. Romans 10:13

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