March 12, 2012

John 2:22- Later, after he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered he had said this. They then put two and two together and believed both what was written in Scripture and what Jesus had said.

In the second chapter of John’s gospel, Jesus turns water into wine and then drives the merchants out of the temple. He then goes on to talk about destroying and rebuilding the temple as a metaphor for his death and resurrection. The verse above concedes that Jesus’ closest followers didn’t understand the meaning of these things at the time but that after Easter they could look back and make sense of it all. Periodically, particularly in times of uncertainty, it is helpful to reassess what the foundations of our life and faith really are. We believe that even when it looks like the things around us are deteriorating God is still bringing new life out of our circumstances. To believe “in the Scripture and what Jesus had said” is to trust that in our personal lives and in the bigger picture of history God’s hand is guiding events. We may not be able to grasp how it all fits together now, but we have seen enough of how God works to believe that He is willing and able to put the pieces together in ways more marvelous that we can imagine. Take some time to reflect this week on the ways God has brought new life out of difficult circumstances in your past. Then take time to consider how what you know of the “Scripture and what Jesus said” is leading you into the future.

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