“But the temple he had spoken of was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.”
‭‭John‬ ‭2:21-22‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Observation-What does it say?
Jesus was answering the Jews who asked him by what authority he was speaking (right after He cleared the Temple Courts). Jesus spoke about destroying the Temple and He would rebuild it in 3 days. The Jews thought he was speaking about the physical temple, but Jesus was speaking about His physical body. In verse 22, it states that the disciples recalled what Jesus had said when He was raised from the dead. It made them believe the Scripture and the words they had spoken.

Understanding-What does it mean?
The revelations of Jesus are not always gifted to the human mind and heart right away.

It took Jesus dying and being raised from the dead for His disciples to recall what He said and believe the words He spoke. That revelation wasn’t given to them when Jesus first said it.  They recalled it later.

Life Application
Persevere in reading His Word and seeking His face. Although a revelation may not come to you right away, it eventually will as long as you don’t give up.

The Lord reveals Himself to us everyday. Have you ever read a Scripture passage that you read several years ago, but you read it again today and something new pops out? Or have you ever read something that wasn’t applicable for that time, but then it pops up in your mind months, years or even decades later when you do need it? That’s how the Word of God is. That’s why His Word is timeless and we must not give up in meeting with Him through prayer and His Word and also meeting together at church every Sunday.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah‬ ‭29:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy‬ ‭4:29‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

““And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.” 1 Chronicles‬ ‭28:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

““ ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’ ”” Matthew‬ ‭15:8-9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Dear Lord, I pray that DSC would be a church that not only honors you with our words, but also our hearts as we spend time in prayer, the Word and worship. May we be so enamored by Your love for us, that our faith in You would be relationally based, not rule based. Thank You for loving us first Jesus and enabling us to draw near to You. Amen.

-Michelle Gaddi