BCL Grow: The Cross — Jonah 2:1-2

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Jonah 2:1-2 (Redemption)

Bible Passage

Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the belly of the fish,
”I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, 
and he answered me:
out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
and you heard my voice.” — Jonah 2:1-2 


“Whatever the inestimable grief that Jonah feels in his cry at this point, there is another who entered into a state of forsakenness beyond anything ever imagined by human beings: total abandonment by God. Jonah got himself into trouble; Christ, on the other hand, accepted the wrath of God not to atone for his own shortcomings, but to pay the penalty for sins not his own. Christ cried out with a cry of dereliction never before imagined or equaled since. The expression of grief voiced by the strained human poem of Jonah finds its ultimate echo in Christ’s cry from the cross.” — Bryan D. Estelle, Salvation Through Judgment and Mercy: the Gospel According to Jonah, pg. 84. 

Steps to Take

1. Ponder: Think about how Jesus compared himself to Jonah, pointing to his own death on the cross on our behalf (Matt. 12:40). Consider what it means that, even in his approaching dark death, Christ cried out to God the Father. Reflect on your own suffering and your own cries to God who is our Savior and Redeemer—all because of Christ being willing to suffer for us on the cross. 

2. Remember: Christ Jesus suffered on the cross on behalf of all those whom God had given to him. The great exchange was that Jesus Christ took our sins so that we might receive his righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21). This is the kindness and love of God beyond measure. 

3. Rejoice: Take joy that God has perfectly fulfilled all of his promises in Christ Jesus. Jesus suffered in our place. He cried out to God on our behalf. He has delivered us from God’s just wrath and made us heirs of the hope of eternal life. Rejoice in the goodness and lovingkindness of God in giving his only Son for those who believe in him.

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