For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.Matthew 12:40
Christ was glorified on the cross. He said in John 12:32(KJV), ” And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” There was a great gathering to witness his crucifixion. Many were mourners and many were foolish. Read the full story of the Crucifixion of Jesus in scripture in Matthew 27:1-54.
The great sign of our Lord’s mission is his resurrection, and his preparing a gospel of salvation for the heathen. His life-story is well symbolized by that of Jonah. They cast our Lord overboard, even as the sailors did the man of God. The sacrifice of Jonah calmed the sea for the mariners, our Lord’s death made peace for us. Our Lord was a while in the heart of the earth as Jonah was in the depth of the sea, but, he rose again, and his ministry was full of the power of his resurrection. As Jonah’s ministry was certified by his restoration from the sea, so is our Lord’s ministry attested by his rising from the dead. The man who had come back from death and burial in the sea commanded the attention of all Nineveh, and so does the risen Saviour demand and deserve the obedient faith of all to whom his message comes.Charles H. Spurgeon
Christ won love by his cross, more than he had ever won anywhere else. Christians everywhere will bear witness, that though he loves his Savior anywhere, nothing moves the heart to rapture and vehemence of love, like the story of the crucifixion and his agonies at Calvary.