The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time, saying, “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.
The story of Jonah has many threads. However, perhaps the biggest point is the desire of God to restore. Jonah was rebellious and did not want to obey God’s calling on his life. Yet, God didn’t give up on him. The city of Nineveh was filled with much wickedness. Yet, God wanted to them to turn from their wickedness.
We see this same God at work through the life of Jesus. The journey to the Cross was part of this work.
Jesus proclaimed good news of restoration and reconciliation. The audience was mostly Jewish, but in the Gospels Gentiles were reached as well. In fact, some of the most beautiful responses of faith were by non-Jewish people.
God worked through Jonah to reach Nineveh in the Old Testament. Jesus invited the disciples to join him to reach Galilee at the beginning and eventually to reach the whole world as seen in the book of Acts and in the rest of the New Testament and into the centuries since.
And today, God is on the move to restore and reconcile. We need to change our minds and turn to God. And when we do, we too receive the call to follow Jesus and let people know about him through our words and deeds. Thank you Jesus!