“Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” ~John 2:19
Divine testing has been the topic of discussion for this week, we have read about the devil tempting Jesus in the wilderness; we have read about the Israelites attempting to test God as they wondered in the wilderness, we have read in Luke about Jonah of the Old Testament and today in John we read about Jesus clearing the Temple as they were selling animals and exchanging money in His Father’s house. The Jews said to Jesus, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” ~John 2:18-19
Jesus was speaking about himself, although they did not realize or understand it at the time; Jesus was speaking of his own death and resurrection. Jesus was fully aware of the His purpose to be a ransom for all sin. He knew that salvation could only be done through His own death and that He could not ask the Father to intervene. Death would be conquered once and for all. “The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.” ~Romans 6:10
One of the first Bible verses I memorized was John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” It’s also one of the most familiar verses in the Bible that many people know. I was several years into adulthood when I really truly understood the depths of this verse. I grew up in church and attended a Christian high school and College yet the magnitude of what Jesus did for all people did not fully hit me until I saw the movie “The Passion of the Christ” by Mel Gibson. Jesus suffered for us, He took our place…it is unimaginable the pain and the suffering He endured. Nothing can comparable to what Jesus willingly did for me and you, and every single person! As I continue my Lenten Study and I appreciate and invite you to follow along. My purpose for doing this daily blog and discussion is two-fold, first to grow closer to the God of all creation and secondly, to share God’s love with everyone that reads my blog. It is tempting to get caught up in seeing how many views I get or how many likes I get for my posts and I have remind myself that this is much deeper for me than mere statistics. Don’t get me wrong I love seeing people reading and liking my blog but the most important thing for me is sharing the love of Jesus, to be a stepping stone and not a stumbling block. I pray that your Lenten journey is life-giving and life-sustaining. Thanks for journeying with me.
What does it mean to you that Jesus willingly gave His life for you?
Breath Prayer: Thank you, Jesus!
~Blessings and Peace~