The Victory of Christ and Satan’s Upset Stomach

 

Jonah and the Whale, Pieter Lastman.

Jonah and the Whale, Pieter Lastman.

Christ is, in death, victorious over Satan and death itself.  At the moment of His greatest (seeming) defeat, He is most victorious.  What the Enemy wanted most, the defeat of God’s Son, becomes what damaged his cause the most.  In a great Judo move, Jesus leveraged the Enemy’s hatred of God against him to achieve his greatest defeat.  Like Jonah, Christ cannot be contained by a tomb that seeks to hold Him.  Like the whale, Satan has picked the wrong morsel to swallow.

The devil had, as it were, swallowed up Christ, as the whale did Jonah; but it was deadly poison to him; He gave him a mortal wound in his bowels.  He was soon sick of his morsel, and was forced to do by him as the whale did by Jonah.  To this day he is heartsick of what he then swallowed as his prey.  Jonathan Edwards

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