Three Days:  What can be accomplished in 3 days?

 

Question: How much good can be accomplished in 3 days?

Question: How much evil can be accomplished in 3 days?

 

The Good:

The organization “Susan G. Komen for the Cure” has several

“3-Day Expo” for supporting those with cancer and cancer survivors.

 

The Evil:

Bugliosi of the Boston Globe reminds us of the story of three terrible
days in Dallas: 
The death of a president  . . .

 

New York commuters in 1963. 'When Kennedy died, the worldwide mourning . . . was unprecedented,' writes Bugliosi.
New York commuters in 1963. "When Kennedy died, the worldwide mourning . . .
was unprecedented," writes Bugliosi. (Carl Mydans/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

 

Now let’s look at 3 days of Scripture:   Jonah and the great whale:

 

 

Fiodorov - Jonah and the Whale.

 

 

 

http://biblescripture.net/Jonah.html

 

Jonah 1:3; 15-17 (NIV):

 3 But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish.
    He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that
    port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for
    Tarshish to flee from the LORD . . .

15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging
    sea grew calm.
16 At this the men greatly feared the LORD, and they offered a
     sacrifice to the LORD and made vows to him.
17 But the LORD provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and
     Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights.

Jonah 2:9-10 (NIV):   [Jonah has a change of heart]
9 But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you.  What I have vowed I will
        make good.  Salvation comes from the LORD."
10 And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

 

What did Jesus state regarding Jonah & the whale?

 

Matthew 12:38-41 (NIV):  

38 Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, "Teacher, we want to
    see a miraculous sign from you."
39 He answered, "A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But
     none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the
      Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
41 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn
       it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now one greater than
       Jonah is here.


Wayne Jackson
:

Wayne Jackson’s article on bible-infonet.org reminds us from Matthew 12:40-41
 that “. . . Jesus Christ affirmed that the people of Nineveh did, in fact, repent . . .”

 

Question: What kind of “change of the heart” did Jonah have?

 

Question: How does Jonah’s three days impact your life?

 

 

References:

Some of the information was referenced from the following websites
on May 25, 2007:

http://www.biblegateway.com

http://www.bible-infonet.org/ff/articles/apologetics/108_11_15.htm

http://www.the3day.org/site/pp.asp?c=pmL6JnO8KzE&b=2182495

http://www.boston.com/ae/books/articles/2007/05/20/three_days_in_dallas

http://biblescripture.net/Jonah.html

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH:

 

The following websites provide additional research information
regarding Jesus’ “three days” at

http://www.gotquestions.org/where-was-Jesus.html

http://www.gotquestions.org/three-days.html

http://www.biblestudy.org/basicart/threeday.html

http://www.biblesearch.com/answers/whoisjesus/jesdbr1.htm

http://www.wcg.org/lit/jesus/howlong.htm

http://www.allaboutjesuschrist.org/jesus-resurrection-day-faq.htm

 

 

The following websites provide additional research information
regarding Jonah’s “three days” at

http://scripturetext.com/matthew/12-40.htm

http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-t004.html

http://www.childrensermons.com/sermons/jonah.htm

http://bible.cc/jonah/1-17.htm

http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/2276

http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/2276

http://www.bible-infonet.org/ff/articles/apologetics/108_11_15.htm

http://www.blessedcause.org/BlessedCause%20Exclusives/The%20Sign%20of%20Jonah.htm