Jonah a type of Christ

The book of Jonah is the story of salvation, it is no coincidence that the fast of jonah is just before lent, the church call it the passover of Jonah. Look at these two stories of Christ and Jonah and see how similar they are.

jonah and whale" Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him. "

Matthew 8:23-27 

All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep. Jonah

Jonah was a type of Christ in the Old Testament, so during this fast it is not to Jonah that we are looking to learn from, but Christ Himself. When we read this verse in the book of Jonah;

"Pick me up and throw me into the sea," he replied, "and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you."

Jonah 1:12

We are reminded of how Christ was thrown into the depths of Hades for our salvation, It was Him who lowered himself in order for us to be saved like those that would have perished in the ship.He is the new Jonah.

When we hear the story of Jonah and the whale, we do not think about how the whale opened his mouth, but how Christ opened his side, so that we may be saved.When we think of Jonah in the belly of the whale we can then think of how we too are encompassed in the safe body of the church.When Jonah is spat out of the belly of the whale, we think about how we have been given a chance of new life too.

Jonah's Fast is approaching us fast. Everyone is welcome to attend the Holy Liturgies in our Church.

Monday
Jonah's Fast Holy Liturgy: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Jonah's Fast Holy Liturgy: 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Tuesday
Jonah's Fast Holy Liturgy: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Jonah's Fast Holy Liturgy: 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Wednesday
Jonah's Fast Holy Liturgy: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Jonah's Fast Holy Liturgy: 5:00PM - 7:00PM

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