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Jonah 3: The God of second chances, and third, and fourth…

January 16, 2014

Jonah 3: The God of second chances, and third, and fourth…

Reflecting on the Passage:
This week’s sermon from Jonah 3 highlights God’s precious gift of redemption. Pastor Carter defined redemption as being saved by one more powerful than the one who holds you captive. God lovingly and graciously pursues His children to do us good. What amazing grace! Take a moment to reflect on these truths taken from God’s Word.

Redemption is a Second Chance.  (Jonah 3:1-4)

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great cityJonah Series of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.”

Redemption is Head, Heart, and Hand. (Jonah 3:5-8)

The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh: “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence.

Redemption is God Relenting. (Jonah 3:9-10)

Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.” When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.

Praying to Our Redeeming God

Loving Father, thanks feels so insufficient to express our gratitude for the ultimate second chance You’ve gifted to Your people. Yet what more can we say? Thank You for pursuing us after we’d rejected you. Thank you for saving us from the sin that so easily enslaved us. Thank You for allowing us to be used in Your great plan to redeem people from every tribe and nation. Thank you for allowing the Gospel to change us. And keep us from the foolish evil of trying to change the Gospel. Thank You for redeeming our minds, hearts, and hands. And thank You that one day we will no longer need second chances- when You transform us into the perfect image of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

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