By Pastor Bruce K. Oyen and Anchor Devotional
One of the remarkable things about Jesus Christ is that he predicted his own death and resurrection, and he did so more than once. His disciples were understandably troubled by his insistence that he would be murdered. To them, it meant their faith was in a mere man. But they didn’t want a dead Lord and Savior! This prediction by Jesus so troubled them that they overlooked his other prediction: he would rise from death. His dead body would come back to life! He would be their living Lord and Savior! One of the strangest-sounding things the Lord ever said is recorded in the second chapter of John’s Gospel. In that chapter, the Lord not only said he would come back to life, but that he would raise himself from the dead! In other words, his resurrection would be self-caused!
This is the topic for today, April 18, 2014, in an excellent daily devotional called “Anchor Devotional.” You can get “Anchor Devotional” for free each day by email. To sign up for it, click on this link: www.anchordevotional.org. Today’s reading is given below, with permission of the publisher:
|Destroy This Temple
“The Jews replied. ‘It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?’ But the temple he had spoken of was his body.”
(JOHN 2:20-21) It was dedication day for Solomon’s Temple. The king called it a place for the Lord to dwell (2 Chronicles 6:2). But later (v. 18) he questioned himself saying, “Will God really dwell on earth with men?” The idea of the eternal God dwelling in time and space seemed impossible.
Fast-forward nearly 1,000 years. The temple, having been destroyed, has been raised again. Jesus Christ stands in the temple claiming that His own body is the temple, one which will also be destroyed and raised again. Only later will His disciples realize how literally He meant these words. When He raises Himself from death, they will understand that in His body the eternal God dwells in time and space. He truly has come to dwell among us.
Many people cannot accept this idea. But to us who believe, it is evidence of the seamless plan of redemption that God has fulfilled in Christ. On this day, when we remember that the temple of His body was destroyed, we also remember it was resurrected. Today is Good Friday, but Sunday is coming!INSIGHT
ONLY GOD COULD ARRANGE THE SEAMLESS PLAN THAT STARTED LONG BEFORE WE KNEW WE NEEDED IT AND REACHES BEYOND WHAT WE CAN IMAGINE.
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