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Most Christians know the story of Jonah, but few understand its message. Preachers have proclaimed the subject of the book to be doing the will of God, chastening, evangelism, missions, or the grace of God. All of these subjects are mentioned in the book, but the main theme is the grace of God (Jonah 4:2) The drama of Jonah demonstrated the extent of God's grace.
One of Christ's last instructions to His disciples was the Great Commission - to go into all the world and preach the gospel. The disciples took His words literally, spreading out across the known world, facing opposition and violence, facing imprisonment and even death...
Cocoris, G. Michael, "Jonah and Evangelism : a biblical approach" (1991). Biola Radio Publications. 174.