Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | December 30, 2007

Lord’s Day Quote: Bryan Estelle

Christ came in order to fulfill his messianic mission.  This would be his own judicial ordeal.  Just as the Lord was present with his people when they passed through the waters of the Red Sea, so also the Lord Jesus Christ would pass through the waters of John’s baptism, which anticipated his battle with and enusing triumph over the chaotic waters of death and Leviathan (in the garb of the Old Testament language).  He defeated the draconic figure of Satan in the wilderness at the beginning of his earthly ministry, and at each ensuing turn in his earthly ministry “he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him” (Heb. 5:8-9).  All that is to say, “Jesus saw in Jonah’s trial by water the sign of his own judgment ordeal in the heart of the earth.”

What application and consolation for the Israel of God can be gleaned from this rich interplay of images?  In the deepest anguish of God’s people, he is present.  When they are drowning, he is there.  When God’s people are afflicted, even to the point that they feel as if they are surrounded by primeval death itself, he is there.  Just as God delivered them through their ordeal at the Red Sea, so he acted again especially on Golgatha to deliver his people safely through the raging waters, defeating their foes, subduing their sin, and bringing them safe upon dry ground on the other side.  The words of the prophet Isaiah comfort God’s people along similar lines:

But now, this is what the Lord says –

he who created you, O Jacob,

he who formed you, O Israel:

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;

I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you;

and when you pass through the rivers,

they will not sweep over you;

When you walk through the fire,

you will not be burned;

the flames will not set you ablaze.

For I am the Lord, your God,

the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

Bryan Estelle, Salvation Through Judgment and Mercy:  The Gospel According to Jonah



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