Jonah; Luke 19:28-44 “Absurd Opportunities: Jonah”

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Jonah’s call to Nineveh must have seemed pretty absurd to him at that time.  Nineveh was the capital of Israel’s enemy, a city of outsiders that were not only outside of God’s promises to His people, but didn’t want to know God either.  In fact, they were downright hostile and the reality for Jonah is that God’s call was both crazy and dangerous.

Today is Palm Sunday, the day we remember that God called another to go to a people who had rejected Him.  This mission would also be a dangerous one that would ultimately cost Him His life but, in doing so, would also open the way for repentance, salvation, and transformation for any that would come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Questions to take home:

  1. Has God ever called you to do something that felt uncomfortable?  What was it? How did you react at first? How did you ultimately respond to that call?
  2. Have you ever found yourself questioning the person or thing that God is calling you to?  What led to those questions? Where did you go to seek answers? What were they?
  3. What is one thing that God is calling you to right now?  How are you responding to that call? Does the story of Jonah or Jesus change the way you think about this?  How? What will you do about it?