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Jesus talks about Jonah

Matthew 12:39-40
Jesus uses the story of Jonah to explain that He will rise from the dead after three days.
Contributed by Richard Gunther
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Jesus was talking to some people one day who wanted to know if He really was the Person God had sent to save the world – the Messiah. Jesus needed to explain that the Saviour of the world would need to die   but three days later God would bring Him back to life. – Slide 1
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So Jesus reminded them of a prophet of God who had lived many years before. His name was Jonah. God asked Jonah to tell people living in the city of Nineveh to stop doing wrong and ask God to forgive them. But Jonah did not want to do what God asked. – Slide 2
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Instead he set sail on a boat that ran into a terrible storm. Jonah was thrown over the side of the boat into the sea. He should have drowned but God had prepared a great fish to rescue him. – Slide 3
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The great fish swallowed Jonah. For three days and three nights the disobedient prophet was trapped in the stomach of the great fish. It was very dark and it seemed as if he was lost forever. – Slide 4
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Then after three days and nights the great fish coughed Jonah up onto a beach. He was safe. He was alive and well. – Slide 5
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Jesus explained that Jonah was a picture of what was going to happen to Him. Just as Jonah was buried in the belly of the whale for three days and nights, Jesus would die and be buried in a tomb for three days and nights. – Slide 6
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Some time after Jesus said these things, He was put on a cross to die. He died to take the punishment for all the wrong things we do. <br/>Jesus was put in a tomb where His dead body lay for three days and nights. – Slide 7
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But after three days, God brought Jesus back to life. He is alive today. Just like Jonah, Jesus was buried for three days and nights but God rescued Him from death. He really is the Saviour God sent to save the world. – Slide 8
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