September 30, 2020 – Wednesday
John 2:19-22 NIV
19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?”
21 But the temple He had spoken of was His body.
22 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.
These men followed Jesus as His disciples and yet did not understand what He had said numerous times that He would be killed/crucified and rise on the third day. Even after He had risen, they did not believe until He appeared among them as noted in the synoptic gospels.
However, here we have that they not only believed the words that Jesus had spoken, but also believed the scripture. One wonders, what scripture did they not believe or not believe as tied to His resurrection? Many commentaries mention Psalm 16:9-10 and especially v10, Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
A few also mentioned Hosea 6:2, After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence, although some think this to be in error.
Then there is Isaiah 53:10-12 which does not specify three days, but instead the suffering crucifixion as payment for all sin, resulting in a gift of grace for everyone with resurrection clearly implied. Here read it for yourself, 10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. 11 After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. This is the scripture I think they would all know and go to as their belief grew greater and greater.
The United States has only been in existence for almost two and one half centuries. Yet Israel, for over four centuries the hope for a Messiah with no prophet until John the Baptist continued and remained foremost in their minds. To our modern minds it must seem almost impossible that such should be the case, yet it was. Now for two thousand years, the knowledge of Jesus is still bright in many of our minds though the written word of His life. Many think it almost incomprehensible that we carry such faith in a time of such rapid change and gains in knowledge. Yet such a time as this was prophesied in the Bible in Daniel 12:4b, Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase. John W. Ritenbaugh writes, The phrase “to and fro” is not to be limited to people literally going from one place to another. While it does also mean that, the words in Hebrew indicate something that is happening entirely within a person’s mind. The minds of people are casting back and forth as though they are in midst of a puzzle, a mystery, an enigma that they cannot figure out. Or, they are all stressed, and their minds are flashing back and forth because of all that is burdening them. Sounds descriptive of our own time does it not?
Because we are not told what scripture is believed along with Jesus, we are only making guesses, albeit educated guesses. As one’s reading of the Bible increases your knowledge, your ability to see connections from one part of the Bible to another also increases. Perhaps we will come to the same conclusions as many of the commentators. Perhaps not. In reality, it matters not who is correct for the answer has little or nothing to do with our salvation. That is entirely dependent upon Jesus and how He died for our sins on the cross.
May we all come to believe as the disciples did.