God commanded his prophet Jonah to go to Ninevah to warn them that unless they repented and stopped their sins, they would perish. Instead of obeying, Jonah fled in the opposite direction, imagining he could thwart God's plans to save the Assyrians. How foolish! Jonah's hatred of the Assyrians (Israel's historic enemy) fueled his defiance. Would we fare any better? What if you or I were sent to Libya or Iran to warn them on God's behalf? Would we go? Where we balk at God's command to proclaim Law and Gospel, Jesus didn't hesitate for an instant. He went to a nation which rejected him and eventually murdered him, in order to carry out his Father's will. He did it for us, on our behalf, that we might be forgiven our sins and failures and inherit eternal life. Come and hear more this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
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