There are fewer Bible stories that we are more familiar with than Jonah and the whale. However, as often the case, the stories we learn and the images we collect as a child from Sunday school limit such a powerful and contemporary message.

The book of Jonah is filled with surprises and ironies; it is amazingly relevant 2,500 years later; and we will find that Jonah, rather than the hero, is filled with shortcomings like us, and points to a greater Savior and Evangelist.