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Table: Comparisons Between Jonah’s Storm and Jesus’ Storm

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The Sign of Jonah

Jonah’s adventure happened in the early eighth century BC. Jesus’ storm on the sea was in the early first century AD. So, they happened approximately 800 years apart. Yet the similarities between the stories are remarkable. They uncover the parallels between Jesus and the Yahweh (God) of the Old Testament, showing that Jesus is Yahweh in the flesh. What are the comparisons between Jonah’s storm and Jesus’s storm? Let’s look at the table below to answer that question.

Note: Some important parallels are drawn from other relevant passages.

Jonah Chapter 1 Mark 4:35-41
Jonah the son of Amittai Jesus the Son of God
Destination: Nineveh to cry out against their wickedness Destination: Decapolis to advance the Kingdom against demonic forces
Jonah fled from Yahweh’s presence and away from Nineveh        Jesus advanced God’s Kingdom toward the Decapolis
Jonah found a ship and boarded it          Jesus had boarded a boat
The Lord hurled a great wind on the sea Demonic forces hurled a great wind on the sea
Jonah’s ship was about to break up          Peter noticed the boat filling with water
The sailors become afraid          The disciples become afraid
The sailors cried out to their gods                        The disciples cried out to Jesus
The sailors hurled their cargo into the sea… The disciples feared they’d be hurled into the sea
Jonah in the stern fast asleep       Jesus in the stern fast asleep
Captain awoke Jonah to cry out to his god            Disciples woke Jesus
Captain wants Jonah’s god aware so they don’t perish Peter wants Jesus to awake so they don’t perish
The sailors cast lots        The soldiers will cast lots
The sailors want to find who is responsible            Mark hints at who is responsible for the storm
Jonah a Hebrew who fears the Lord        Peter a Hebrew who fears the Lord
The sailors become afraid Peter becomes afraid
The sailors rowed desperately to return to land, but the sea became even stormier The experienced sailors did all they could, but the sea became more dangerous       
The sailors claimed they were innocent of blood and didn’t want to cast Jonah into the sea        Pilate declared himself innocent of Jesus’ blood and didn’t want Him crucified
The sea calmed when Jonah was tossed overboard The sea calmed when Jesus spoke to it
The sailors became extremely afraid of Yahweh The disciples became very afraid of Jesus
The sailors offered sacrifices and vows to Yahweh Jesus delivered the demoniac
Jonah was in the fish three days and nights             Jesus was in the tomb for three days and nights
Jonah repented and was resurrected        Jesus died in our place and was resurrected.
Nineveh repented and was spared The healed Demoniac remained as a witness

Jesus and the Sign of Jonah

The Jewish leaders asked Jesus for a sign to prove that He was the Messiah. He denied them any sign except the sign of Jonah:

No sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 

Matthew 12:39-40

The content of the gospel is that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose again according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). That’s the sign of Jonah.

We invite you to watch the Great News video on this page to find out more about how you can receive the free gift of forgiveness, salvation and eternal life because Jesus died for your sins. And mine.

Jonah stepped out of his comfort zone. Read how you can step out of yours here.

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The Prayer of Salvation

Jesus, I don't know You, and I don't know what Your plan is for me. But thank you for coming to die in my place. I'm sorry for anything I've ever done wrong in my life. I don't understand how You could ever forgive me, but if You really would, I would like to accept your free gift of grace and complete forgiveness. Please come into my life and take control, and help me trust You. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

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