The story of Jonah is really all of our stories. Each of us can look back at some point in our lives where we have attempted to run from God. And what many of us runners have discovered is while we can run from God, we can’t outrun God! In this series, we will rediscover the epic grace of God for each of our lives.
At its heart, the book is about Jonah’s stormy relationship with God—His Word, world, and especially His grace. Due to his idolatrous self-righteousness and partisan pride, Jonah cannot wrap his mind around a God who would pardon pagan Ninevites—the mortal enemies of God’s own people. The justice of God and the mercy of God, then, are an irreconcilable riddle for Jonah. But those who grasp the gospel of Jesus Christ, where justice and mercy meet, will become “bridge builders, peacemakers, and agents of reconciliation in the world” (The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God’s Mercy by Tim Keller).