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The Belly of the Beast

Taj Pacleb
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Taj Pacleb

Speaker/Director of Revelation of Hope Ministries



  • January 1, 2016
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This message was presented at the Jew I see twenty shows and other resources like this visit us online at W W W G Y C Web Our G. MORNING family. The new year for better place to begin a brand new year then in God's presence in this wonderful thing that you I seized during this time of year we're ending a year and beginning a new year in this time. And it's a wonderful wonderful blessing. This morning we're going to continue our study from yesterday. Yesterday we began with that passage which is the foundation of our theme in Revelation seventeen where the Bible talks about the war between good and evil and how Satan is going to unite the world together to fight against the land. And the truth of God in the people of God but we learn that in this controversy Jesus is the victor. Love wins because Jesus wins a man. And because he wins. We went to. They that are with them are called and shows in and faithful. And then we look at an example of one in the Bible who was truly called. Surely chosen. But was unfaithful and who was that individual. I was Jonah. That was Chapter one show that Jonah was called and chosen. In chapter two. We're going to see how Jonah was made faithful by God as a whole be about your bible and I hope you brought a spiritual tight. Let us pray as we study the Word of God this morning. Thank you so much dear Lord for giving us a brand new year. A brand new day a year with new experiences. New challenges. New struggles. New victories. And we pray Lord that in this new year. You give us a new experience a new heart. New Mind. And a fresh revelation of Jesus. Please speak to us Lord as we open your holy word. We thank you for your love and your mercy. In Christ then we pray. Please take your Bible and open with me to the Book of Jonah. Jonah we're going to the first chapter. The Bible tells us in Jonah. Chapter one. And verse. One two and three that Jonah was called a chosen. But he was unfaithful. The Bible tells us that God called Jonah to our eyes to go up. But instead Jonah went down down down in fact. Notice what happens he is now in the bottom of a ship that is heading to Tarshish a place of ease. A place of luxury he is running away from his mission. He is ignoring the calling the God placed upon his life. He's neglecting the great work that God called him to do. Instead of going to Nineveh. He is heading to tar Shish a place of ease and luxury. Instead of going up he goes down. Instead of going forward he is going backward. Jonah forgot his name in your member. Yesterday we talked about the name of Jonah which means dove. A symbol of the Spirit. He is the son of am a tie which means my truth. Jonah is a true worshipper that has the spirit and truth. And God called him to give a loud cry message against Nineveh which we learned yesterday was a type of Babylon. And we also learned the Jonah. The specific distinctive message he gave was a message calling people to fear God. The hour of his judgment is come and to worship Him that made to worship the true Creator. The point that we made is that Jonah's message and mission is the same as that of ours is an example of what God is calling us. And choosing. Us to be. And unfortunately. He is also an example of the unfaithfulness that we have committed against the Lord. And so he's running from is doing now the story finds Jonah. On the bottom of the boat. Falling asleep in the midst of a stone. He is sleeping in the midst of a stupendous crisis. You know the story the Mariners come to try to wake them up and what a tragedy friends. That God's messenger is sleeping in the midst of the storm. While those who are in the world are on panic mode. The world is trying to make wake up the messengers. They see that there's a crisis taking place and indeed friends. We're living in a time of a stupendous crisis. All the prophecies of the Revelation are being fulfilled before our very eyes. And it's pointed to the fact that time is almost finished that Jesus indeed is coming. And my brothers and my sisters now is not the time for us to sleep. But to our eyes and to a wake up and to go and give that loud cry message to the world. So God sent the stone to wake up his messenger. I like what it says in the book testimony to the church volume five page four sixty three. Is says the work which the church has failed to do in a time of peace and prosperity. She will have to do in a terrible crisis. Under most discouraging for bidding. Circumstances. And that's a tragedy. Jonah. If you would have listened the first time he would have spared himself a lot of headache and hearty. But thank God that He is a patient God and he doesn't give up on us so easily Emma. And so what does Jonah need right now. He needs an awakening. He needs the same thing that we need today he needs a Revive a spiritual awakening. And so God sent the storm to wake him up but the storm did not work. Jonah. Even though he is waking up by the Mariners in the midst of the storm. He is still on a willing to go to Nineveh. He would rather die than do his duty. You see friends the storm wasn't enough to cause Jonah to be faithful and in the same way. The storms and trials and tribulations and signs of the last days. Are not a strong enough motivator to cause us to be faithful to our mission. The fear of hell. Nor the reward of heaven it is strong enough to make us faithful to God let me tell you friends. If your work for God. If your faithfulness to God is because you are fraid of the last days. If it's because you're afraid of being laws. You're going to turn your back on Jesus eventually. Because there's nothing. That is powerful enough to keep us faithful accept the love of Christ. For us. The Storm. Didn't wake of the messenger. It wasn't strong enough. What does Jonah need friends. He needs not only to recognize the storm. But what he really needs is to spend a few days in a few nights. In the Belly of the beast. That's the title of our study this morning. In the Belly of the bees and so chapter one ends in verse seventeen notice what it says Jonah chapter one in verse seventeen. It says now the Lord had prepared a great fish. To swallow Jonah and Jonah was in the belly of the fish. Three days and three nights. So here we find that God prepared a fish. Not for Jonah to eat. But rather to eat Jonah. God prepared a fish. In order to prepare a man. Jonah chapter one ends there. Jonah was called and chosen but he was not faith. And now we pick up the narrative. In chapter two. To find that what Jonah experience in the belly of the fish is what we need to experience. In order for us to be faithful in the last days. And I want to remember what we said yesterday. And that is that Jesus told us clearly that whatever Jonah experience. Three days in three nights in the belly of the fish. Was what he would experience. In other words the the singular sign of Jesus must CYA ship was the sign of Jonah. And that is the same sign of our discipleship to Jesus would John experience in the belly of the piece is what we need in order to be faithful in the last days to be faithful to the land. And so now we find Jonah. In the stinky smelly slimy belly of the fish. He's without any food or water or reps. As the as this fish this whale goes up and down it's like a roller coaster. Jonah's going up in down and back in for that I can imagine the Jonah. Began to become not. I can imagine the stomach acid beginning to eat away at is flesh is our eyes are burning and his skin is edging he surrounded by Fick darkness. Barely any breath. Companion less. Come for less surrounded by darkness. Rejected by man and seemingly forgotten. Even by God. And there he remained for three days and three nights. Seventy two what an uncomfortable situation. And friends I can imagine. In the Belly of the fish. Jonah had to been thinking to himself. God where are you. Why have you allowed this to happen to me. Lord why am I in this situation. I can't imagine that Jonah began to shrug and feel remorse and regret over the foolish decisions that he had made in a running away from his calling. And his mission. And perhaps we can relate with that this morning. Maybe this morning as you're sitting here in this auditorium you're asking God the same questions maybe you like Jonah. Are consumed by the difficulties of life. And you can't see your way out of the situation you're in today. Maybe you've experienced a terrible tragedy in your life. Maybe your parents are going through a divorce. Maybe you've lost a loved one through. By cancer or maybe someone had in your family had experienced a terrible accident. And your heart is broken maybe you're overwhelmed by school loans and debt. Maybe you have a physical illness cancer diabetes or some type of element that is sucking the life out of you and you're wondering why I got Are you allowing this to happen to me. Perhaps you are in the belly of the beast the belly of the fish today. Your consume by earthly cares. And you can't see your way out. And you're angry at God. You're questioning God. Why God Have you allowed this fish to swallow me up. Friends I want you know that the reason why God sent the fish. Was not to punish Jonah. But it was to save John. The reason why God sent the fish. Was to save Jonah. From the fury of the stone. And that's the same thing for us friends. God since tragedy in our lives. He allows it to take place. To save us from greater tragedy. Now we know that God does not cause suffering. An enemy has done it Jesus said. But God does allow in friends the reason why he allows trials and difficulties and tragedy is to save us from greater tragedy. I want you to consider friends that God is so desperate to save us that he will allow us to suffer. In order to bring a salvation. God allows us to experience. Momentary pain. In order to give us permanent peace. He will permit us to go through to a temporary suffering. If that will secure. Eternal salvation. He will even a tolerate physical death. If he sees that that is what will always kinna spiritual life. In this great controversy between good and evil God permitted. Evil to exist for time. A short time. In order to destroy it. For all eternity. Because we serve a God that sees the big picture. And he has our best interest in mind and through and so in every difficulty. We can trust him. And that's the reason why the Bible says that all things work together for good. For those who love God and are called according to His purpose. All things the good. And the bad God brings that around for good god friends. Is a god that can be trusted. Bible says we can give thanks to God in all things in sunshine and in the rain. James says counted all joy when you fall into diverse trials. Knowing that the trying of your faith produces patience and a character that's fit for heaven. And that's the reason why Joseph. Could look into the face of his brothers. Those who betrayed him. And rejected him and showed him out. He could look into their face and say I forgive you. What you have meant for evil. God has caused forgiven. That's why job after losing everything you could say make it I came from my mother's womb. And they can return to the Lord has given the Lord has taken away. Blessid be the name of the Lord you see God allows the fish. To come to save us from the fury of the storm. And so on all things we can trust God let me tell you friends. We're in a new year. And there are new challenges and trials and tests that are coming your way. But in the rain and the sunshine. God is good. In the darkness. And the light. God is get in at burst city and prosperity. God is always good. In pain and in peace in sickness and in health. In life and death. God is good all the time. And all the time. God is good a man. God is too good to be unkind. He's too wise to be a mistake. And he is too strong to be defeated in all situations. We can trust him and let's never forget the matter how hard it gets for us. The blessings will always outweigh the difficulties of life. We were blessed more than we deserve and surely. We are blessed. More than we recognize and I love that verse in second create the instructor for over sixteen three where the Bible says. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though our outward man perish. Yet the inward man is being renewed day by day for while we look at the things which are seen their temper. But the things which are not see are eternal. So let us pray that God will help us to see things through his eyes. Oh my brothers and my sisters. I don't know what you're going through this morning. But this we do know. God has given all the time imma keep trusting and stay with Jesus God sends the fish. To save us from the fury of the stone. And so is God reaches down to us. Let us reach up to him. And as we link hands with the everlasting hands of Jesus. It's only then that we can reach out to others. God sent the fish to save Jonah. From the storm. And to save Jonah. From himself. It is the experience in this fish. That actually calls Jonah to pray and brought Jonah back to his senses I want you notice chapter two in verse one. The nature of Jonas prayer there reveals the experience of his heart notice Jonah chapter two in verse one the Bible says. Then. Jonah prayed to the Lord is God. From the fishes belly. Now friends this is interesting because this is the first time Jonah praise in the book. He should have prayed. In chapter one is not right. If you would have prayed when the word of the Lord first came to him he would have spared himself. A lot of difficulty. But for some reason it was after three days and three nights that Jonah began to pray. And the reason why he did not pray before then is because he felt secure. You see the ground that he walked upon seem to be solid but now. In the Belly of the piece. He has no where to stand. The rug of complacency has been pulled out from under him and. In this impossible situation. Bible says Jonah prayed. But what caused you wanted to pray that's my question. What was it that he experience in the belly of the fish that that compelled him to cry. Upon the loan. What brought him to repentance and faith for this to God. Well as we examine the language of his prayer. We see the experience of his Hearts Jonah was oppressed. He was afflicted. And he opened his mouth in prayer knows what his prayer is in verse two. And he said I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction. And he answered me out of the belly of what hell or shield that means the grave. I cried. And you heard my voice. So notice friends in the belly of the peace. Jonah says. Out of the belly of a hail shill. I cried out of the belly of the great. In other words. What John experience in that belly was the type of death. What kind of people go to the grave. Dead people is that right. So what every experience was a a kind of death but friends this enjoyment did not die physically. The death that he experienced in the belly of the fish. Or was not so much physical. But rather it was death to self. Death. To sell. But notice what kind of death. More specifically this was. I want to take note of the symbolic. Poetic and profit language of Jonah's prayer. Verse three. The Bible says. For the how has cast me into the deep. Into the heart of the sea and the floods. Surrounded me. All your bills and your waves passed over me. Then I said I've been cast out of your sight. It I will look again toward your holy temple. Verse by the waters. Surrounded me was surrounded him. The Lauder's surrounded me even to mind what is the next word. My solo. The deep closed around. The we were wrapped around my head. I went to the bottom of the mountains. The Earth with its bars. About me. For how long did he say it for ever and I want you notice. The language of Jonah's prayer is such of despair and utter hopelessness. He is there in the belly of the fish. Overwhelmed by water you notice the words of the waves and the bills in the seas. And the water and other as Joan is. You can say drowning. No breath. No light no come for no hope. The seaweeds wrapped around his head in the belly of the fish. The Earth with their bars about him forever. It seemed like the fishes belly was a prisoner and Jono would never escape from this prison. What strange language. What does it mean. Of Friends. Do you realize that Jonas prayer is actually echoing someone else's prayer. Another is his prayer is not so much his own. He is actually praying someone else's prayer. The saw Mrs prayer in songs. Sixty nine. So hold your thumb here in the Book of Jonah turn quickly to the Book of Psalms sixty nine. Solemn sixty nine will discover that Jonah is actually praying someone else this prayer. He's entering into the experience of someone else songs. What division that I say. Some sixty nine. And notice what it says here. Beginning with Verse one. Some sixty nine a verse one if you're there. When you get there would you let me know by saying amen. Some sixty nine verse one the Bible says. Save me oh god for the waters. Have com on into it my so I sink in deep mire where there is no standing. I am come into deep waters with the floods overflow me. I am weary of my crying. My throat is dried my eyes farewell I wait for my God hear the song as is praying and describing his circumstances situation. He is in the waters are are flooding his so. He is sinking is in the deep waters. The flood is overflowing him. Now friends notice whose prayer is this. Jump down to verse fourteen. It says deliver me out of the mire. And let me not sing. Let me be delivered from them that hate me and out of the deep waters. Let not the water flood overflow me. Neither let the deep. Swallow me up and let not the pit shut her mouth. Upon me. Friends. This prayer in some sixty nine. Is actually a prophecy. It is not only the experience of the sawmills but is actually a prophecy. Pointing to someone else. That was to come and experience. The exact same thing. Whose prayer is this really the answer is found in verse twenty. Verse twenty says. Reproach. Has broke in my heart. I'm full of heaviness. I look for someone to take pity. But there was non And for comforters. But I found none. They gave me gal for my meat. And in my thirst they gave me what. Vinegar. To drink. Friends who is this referring to. Who is the one that looked for someone to comfort him in the garden of get seventy. Look for someone to wipe the sweat off his brow. Look for someone to to comfort him. And in to encourage him. But yet those were sleeping on him. Who was that he was Jesus. That was given and offered vinegar to drink. In his third. You see the prayer of Psalm sixty nine of which Jonas prayer is an echo of. It's really really a prophecy. That is pointing to the experience of Jesus Christ himself. As you would go to get some money and Calvary. For you and me and others friends in the belly of the peace that experience. Foreshadows. The experience of the cross in other words what Jonah. When Jonah said what he said in the belly of the fish. He was actually experiencing something similar to a Jesus would experience. When Jesus would go to the cross as he described the floods overflowing him in the waves beating up on a man and him being in the deep tell me friends. What does water. Represent. In the Bible. What does the what does waters. A symbol of. It's a symbol all of humanity and friends in the garden of get semi the floods. Overflowed the soul Jesus. When Jonah said the floods compasses me about it was similar to what Jesus was experiencing. As the floods of humanity. As the sins of of humanity. Was placed upon Jesus. It was overwhelming. And as result like what Jonah said. Jesus felt I'm cast out of your sight. Because as sin. Comes and. It separates us from God. It's so now. The Father hath to has to withdraw his presence from his beloved son. And Jesus biggest of fear of this. Alienation that he'd never experienced before. Never in eternity past. Was he ever separated from his father. Until this moment when the for logs of humanity. Overwhelmed. I'm cast out of your sight. By bills and they always pass over me as all of the sins of the world are placed upon cries. The weeds wrapped around my head Jonah said. A symbol of the crown of thorns. Piercing the brawl of Christ the earth with her bars. About me for ever. Jesus in that moment friends. Could not see beyond the tomb. He was dying. A permanent dead. A second death. That's why I says in the book desire of ages. Page seven fifty three. The Savior could not see through the portals of the two Hope did not present to him. His coming forth from the grave as a conqueror. Or tell him of the father's acceptance of the sacrifice. He fear that sin was so offensive to God that their separation was to be how long the turn. Jesus was paying the full wages of my sin. For wages of yours. And then it says the withdrawal of the divine continence from the Saviour in his in this hour. Of supreme supreme anguish pierced his heart with a sorrow that could never fully be understood by men. So all girl was this agony that his physical pain. Was hardly felt it was in the pain that calls Jesus to die. But it was the pain of being rejected by his children. And seemingly forsaken by his father. That broke the heart of God. That's why he died for us in that moment. He could not see beyond the to the earth with the Boers was about him for ever it see it. He was drinking the cup in full. He was paying our debt. In full. And that's what Joan is beginning to experience in the belly of the beasts. Experiencing the. What Jesus would go through for him on the crows and friends it was that experience that changed Jonas at it. It was this experience the calls Jonah to want to be faithful in fulfilling his calling. You see only as Jonah was immersed in order. Was there a change that tism immersion is a symbol of the death burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Amen. And it's this that John is experiencing. The storm wasn't strong enough to motivate him to faithfulness. But the cross was. And that's what John of the experience of the Cross brought Jonah three Penton and an able to him to fulfill his mission this my friends. Is the same experience that we need in order for us to live up to our name. Our identity. Are calling in our mission to go to Nineveh to turn away from the comfort and luxury of the Tarshish is of the world. And go to Nineveh and give that loud cry message. The call that says Fear God give glory to him. The Our vision is calm and worship Him that made all things. This is the experience that we need in order to be faithful. We are called chosen. But what does it mean to be faithful. Is if you look at that word faithful simply means to be full of Fame. It means that your faith is full Amen. And friends only as we spend some time in the belly of the beasts as we enter into the experience of the cross. Will our faith. Become so full that we will overflow. In blessings to those around us. And so Jonah. As we go back to chapter two. He's experiencing. Exactly that. And then notice. He wraps up his prayer. In the next verse verse six the Bible says in Jonah two versus. I went which direction. What is the say. I went down to the bottom of the mountains. The earth with it bars. About me forever. Yet you have brought which direction. You have brought up. My life. From the pit or Lord my God. You see that's when the direction changed. Up to this point. Jonah was going down down down he he rose up to go down. He went down to Tarshish. He went down to the bottom of the ship. And then he was cast off the ship. And he was swallowed by the fish and went down to the bottom of the mountains. The bottom of the sea and he went so far down that he could not go any farther further down. So now his direction he's going up. I went down. But now I'm going up. You have brought up my life from the pit. Oh Lord my God. It was as if Jonah was saying my God my God why have you forsaken me. But then his his prayer changes into your hands. I commit my spirit. And what made the change is because Jonah finally allowed self. To be consumed in the belly of the Be self. Consume as he entered into the experience of the cross. And so as a result what happens in verse ten. So the Lord spoke to the fish. And it vomited Jonah. On to dry land is interesting God spoke to Jonah and Jonah disobeyed. When God spoke to the fish the fish obeyed in the right Jonah now because he experienced death. To South. He can now experience. Resurrection in life. Jonah is resurrected from the belly of the fish. The belly of the grave. And now God comes to my Ghana. In chapter three in verse one. It says now the word of the Lord came to Joan of the second time saying. Our eyes. Go to an end of that great city and preach to it the message that I shall tell you. So not a soul. Jono arose and went to Nineveh. According to the word of the Lord. Here we find that God's Word and God's mission. Did not change. Did you notice that the same word that spoke to Jonah in chapter one is the same word that spoke to Jonah in chapter three the mission. And the message. Did not change it remained the same. What was it that changed. Not the message. It was the messenger. That changed. Oh my friends. We don't need to change our message. We don't need to modify our mission. We need to let God. Change and transform us. There is not nothing wrong with our message from our messages called the everlasting gospel. It is not bad news or scary news. Or doom and gloom. It is good news. What needs to change friends is not the message. And the mission of the seven a church. It is the messenger. It's. And the storm is not going to do it. The fear of the last day is the fear of hell nor the reward of heaven is going to truly transform us. It is only as we enter into the belly of the peace. It's only as we experience the cross that self will die so that Jesus can live oh I want to experience this more in my life I want you. It says The word came the second time. Oh my friends we serve a God of second chance. Came the second time. You see the story of joy in Jonah. Points to the God of second chances a god that does not give up on us so easily. A god that that chases us when we run from him a god that still watches over us even more walking in known disobedience. Oh my brothers and my sisters. Have you fallen away. After knowing true. Are you running from God's call upon your life. Are you trying to drown out that convicting voice in the pleasures of Tarshish. Maybe you've been a pastor. An elder a Bible worker a canvas or some type of spiritual leader in school. But your faith has grown did. And your love has grown code. You've lost your first love experience. And you have you have been weary in the wilderness of the word from standing on the mountain of victory. You have fallen into the into the valley of defeat and immorality. Maybe you're one that after knowing truth like Jonah. You turn from your calling you ashamed your family. Misrepresented your church. Disappointed your friends. Disgraced that calling you hurt your Lord. And you've made a fool out of yourself in the process. Well I'm here to tell you friends no matter who you are or what you've done a we serve a God of second chances a God that gives us. Brand new beginnings. It does not matter where we came from. What matters is where we're going from this moment on. You know when you jump in your vehicle. You'll find that in your car there's a very large. When she would in front of you in the right. And then in comparison to that large. WHEN SHE Oh you have a very small rear view mirror. The. What's behind you is not as important as what's in front of you hima. We may have a dark past. We may have disgraced are calling and run from our mission like Jonah. But we serve a God of second chances. But let me tell you friends. The second chance comes as a result of the second death is because of what Jesus did. At the cross. A crucifixion. Must come before the resurrection. Oh yes we all want the resurrection we all want to live. But we don't really want to die but let me tell you friends. The resurrection is only for those who experience. The crucifixion self. Must Die Before Jesus can live. This is the sign of Jonah. It is the sign of Jesus messiahship. It is also the same sign of our discipleship. Because Jesus said. Whoever will be my disciple. Must take up the cross and follow me. Allow me to summarize. Before we head to our last point. God has given us a name that stands for something. Just like the. Joan a name and identity that reflects our message. And our mission to a dying were. But of course you like Jonah. Even though we've been called in Chosen many of us have been unfaithful. Instead of going to Nineveh to give the loud cry message. We have turned to Tarshish seeking ease and luxury. Convenience. Instead of conversion to much of us have been concerned with our own comforts. To zealous to guard our own reputations. And many messengers have been loath to sleep. By the gentle rocking on the ship. Of pleasure for sleeping in the midst of the slower. And we may be to be able to sleep for a little while but the storm is just going to increase in its intensity. And it will be relentless in its fury and the storm is either going to shake us. Up or it's going to shake us out. It's. I don't want to be shaken out. I want to be shaken up. But the good news is this. God has prepared a fish for each and every one of a man. God has prepared a fish. To prepare a man and a woman. For the mission. Attests that soon will turn into a testimony. A trial. That will turn into triumph. A mess. That will turn into a message. A crucifixion. The prepares us for the resurrection. But unfortunately friends. Many will only learn that lesson in the belly of the beast but here's the thing. We like Jonah. Could easily avoid that trial. We could easily avoid the belly of the piece by coming to the foot of the cross and listening to God when his word first comes to us by surrendering are we at the foot of the cross. It is there a God makes us faithful faithful meaning. Full of faith and friends there is only one whose face was full. There is only ONE THE had a faith that endured to the very end. One who had a perfect faith. A complete faith. And that was Jesus. A phase that Shrub's stated his father. Even though he did not have the answer to the question why. As Jesus said My God my God why why why. Every for second. And when he prayed that prayer heaven. Was silent. You may be asking God why and heaven a silence Heaven may be silent. But heaven is not death. And God is trying to build and place within us a faith that is full of faith that endures. And God's people the last days will have that faith it's called the faith of Jesus. How many want the faith of Jesus in your experience. Well makes it possible. Let's go back and close up with this point. When Jesus said to the fair since. As Jonah was in the belly of the fish. Three days and three nights. The summer man also will be in the heart of the year. What does that mean there are many people who have ignored the context of that passage and have stubbornly insisted that when Jesus said three days in three nights. That means he had to be dead in the grave for seventy two hours three literal days and three literal Nies there are people who they make that point of controversy. But friends. Must be noted that of all the times Jesus spoke about his the timing of his resurrection. He only said three days and three nights. One time. Matthew twelve years forty. Not only that but majority of the times Jesus referred to the timing of his resurrection. He referred to it as the third day. The which day. The third day. And Jesus himself defined the. When the third day was it simply the day after tomorrow you can find that in Luke thirteen thirty two. The third day. According to Jesus is simply the day after to tomorrow so what is today we call today Friday the day after tomorrow tomorrow Saturday saveth. The day after tomorrow is one Sunday friends the third day. Is simply the day after tomorrow. And not only that but Jewish. Inclusive reckoning considers a part of one day. As a full day. And so we can't come to the conclusion by this verse that Jesus was dead in the grave for seventy two hours three literal days and three little nights. Based upon. Comparing the Bible with himself. Not only that Friends. But Jesus did not say that he would be dead in the grave for three days and three nights. But rather he said he would experience the heart of the earth. His experience. Parallels. Jonah's experience but here's the thing. Jonah did not physically die. He experienced death. But is far more profound than just physical. So the question I want to ask is this. What did Jesus being when he referred to three days and three nights. Well I mean ask you the question. When did Jesus resurrect from the grave Wendy resurrect early Sunday morning the first day of the week. So you count three days and three nights before Sunday morning. And that will land you do you know when Thursday evening. Thursday evening for us is when the heart of the earth. Experience began for Christ. But Jesus did not physically die on Thursday evening. He died on Good Friday the day. That was called the preparation. And so the question is what exactly happened on Thursday evening. What happened there is that you've get seventy. That's when Jesus experienced the heart of the year. It was when he went to the Garden of the Get somebody. When Jesus began to die. The heart of the earth. The heart of humanity. The Bible says that. Our hearts are desperately wicked and deceitful above all things naturally. Our hearts are cold and callous. Corrupt and cruel. And that's what Jesus began to experience. On Thursday evening as he went in to get somebody. The heart of humanity. As the sins of the world are placed upon him. And that's when he began to die. And he said My soul is exceedingly sorrowful even unto death but it is far more hurtful than physical it refers to the complete alienation from God in man because it was in that garden that man for sick. Kreiss slept on him. Be trade him with a kiss. And I was in that garden. The father withdrew his presence. It was in that god into the floods of humanity. Came into his solo. It was there that the father turned his face. And that's when the death. Began. And it continued for three whole days and three whole nights. Jesus felt alienated. Eternally. Until he came forth from the tomb early Sunday morning. And so friends here's the point. The physical death Jesus. Experience on Friday. Was simply the outward climax of the deeper in the word anguish of the death that began in get somebody. The heart of the earth. And Jesus did it friends. For you and he did it for me. He paid our debt in full. He was cut off that we might be reconciled back to God he was for sake in that we might be forgiven. He was bruised beaten battered. So that we could be bliss. He walked the way of suffering. So that we could walk on streets of go. He wore out how crown of thorns that we might wear his crown of life. The only way we can be faithful friends we are called Yes We are chosen Yes. But the only way we can be faithful. Is when we understand that he was faithful to us. He would not stop loving us. Even though we spit in his face and swiped him and beat him. And for suck him he was a faithful husband. He wouldn't stop loving us faithful and to death. Even death of the cross. How many are thankful for your wonderful Savior. He is our sweet savior. Is a king of kindness. Got of grace. MAN OF MERCY of love but not only is he our Savior He's also our example. You see Jesus in get somebody. Now only that the tasted the death that comes from sin. But he also experienced the death. That comes from serve and get somebody. He was praying Lord let this cup pass for me. Lord. I don't feel like going to Nineveh Lord. If there is another way maybe if you Tarshish. That's what Jesus was experiencing. He did not feel like dying for you and me. But yet he concluded that prayer by saying. Not MY where you thought I will be done and do want to see that prayer. With Jesus today. And I will be done for as the me tell you the very over the B. is found in surrender to the last victory over the bees. Is found in surrender to the land. In order for us to rest so what Satan and when we first must wrestle with God and lose because victory is found in surrender. Oh my friends what sin holds you in bondage today. What is God calling you to surrender to him. As you face your fish today. Let it be our prayer. Lord not my will but I will be done or called were chosen Lord made the cross make us faithful. On to death that desired your life. If so would you buy heads with me. And let us thank God for His good. Let us from overlord. There is so much more than needs to be said. We thank you Lord that we have heard your voice. You have given us a glimpse into your infinite heart of love we confess and acknowledge that we are not faithful. We have not lived up to our God given name. We have forgotten our identity. We have ignored. Our mission. Neglected our calling. And we have sought. Ease and luxury and comfort in Tarshish forgive us for being more concerned with self. Than the Saviour more concerned with our glory. Then your Lord as we look around at our world we see that the storm is raging. The signs are being fulfilled. And we pray Lord that this storm will not shake us. Out but shake us up. Forgive us for sleeping will wake us up and I pray the Lord that we would experience. Death that we might experience life. That we would be crucified. So that you could be resurrected in our lives. Make us your children. Make us your messengers. Make us. Full of faith faithful to the end. We thank you that he is faithful who has called us. Who would do we accept you again in our hearts. We thank you for your sacrifice. And the one of the name of Jesus we pray this prayer at all of God's messengers and Julian say. You met this message was recorded at the Jew I see two thousand and fifteen conference called shows and they fall in level Kentucky. U.I.C. supporting Ministry of a Seventh Day Adventist Church. Seeks to inspire young people to be bible based Christ centered and soul winning Christians to download or purchase other resources like this visit us online at W W W G Y C web.


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