Jonah was tossed overboard and died in the sea. There is dazzling Christological significance to this.
It took physical death and resuscitation in the belly of a fish to resuscitate Jonah spiritually. True repentance (for us) is that dramatic and miraculous. It really is a matter of life and death and is something that is well beyond us – ‘salvation belongs to the Lord!’
True repentance means a stripping down of everything we’ve clung to and an acknowledgement that nothing we desire besides God can be GOD. We must take God on His terms or not at all.
When God brings us to this place of glad submission we are vessels fit for his hands again. And he can do anything to get us back into the centre of his will again.
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