“That’s all I have to say about that.” Those words were spoken by Forrest Gump at the end of each story he would tell. There is a story told in the Bible that has all the makings of a good Forrest Gump whopper. It is a whale of a tale that reveals the great mercy and love of God for people like you and me.

It’s the story of Jonah, the reluctant prophet sent to the Gentiles. Not just any Gentiles mind you, but the Nineveh Gentiles. Nineveh was the capital of Assyria, sworn enemy of Israel. They had invaded Israel a few times and had taken away captives and made them slaves. The Assyrians were known around the world as cruel, brutal barbarians. It was to Nineveh that Jonah was sent to warn them of God’s judgment that was coming soon.

In all fairness, Nineveh deserved judgment. It deserved the wrath of God. There is a term, “Quid pro quo.” The idea represents fairness. This basically means “tit for tat.” You do something to me, I do something to you. I’ll give you exactly what you deserve. Some imagine that God isn’t fair. They would be correct. I am glad He isn’t fair. I deserve judgment. Jonah had a pretty good suspicion that God was going to forgive Nineveh’s evil deeds. He knew that God was gracious and merciful to those who would seek forgiveness. Inevitably, God would pour all His anger and wrath regarding all our wrongful rebellion out on His innocent Son so that we would be forgiven. His mercy, and what His mercy cost Him is beyond comprehension.

God takes no pleasure in the death of sinners. His desire is for all to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. Is God fair? No, He isn’t. Nineveh was very glad He wasn’t. Mercy has little to do with fairness.

That’s not all I have to say about that, but that’s all the space I have.