The historical story of Jonah tells an important lesson: God's grace is extended to the undeserving outside the church as well as inside. Jonah's reluctance to ‘Go!' is mirrored in many churches today but this book reminds us that no erroneous attitude and no distance should stand in the way of God's people doing God's work in God's power. His commands are to be obeyed and the result left to him. And while all the prophets of the Old Testament are milestones along the road to Calvary, the prophecy of Jonah opens a special window on the New Testament age, when the Lord Jesus Christ would be proclaimed to all the ends of the earth.