Yet still He rose!

Now the Passover of the Jews was approaching, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  There He found in the temple [enclosure] those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting there [also at their stands].  And having made a lash (a whip) of cords, He drove them all out of the temple [enclosure]–both the sheep and the oxen–spilling and scattering the brokers’ money and upsetting and tossing around their trays (their stands).  Then to those who sold the doves He said, Take these things away (out of here)! Make not My Father’s house a house of merchandise (a marketplace, a sales shop)!  And His disciples remembered that it is written [in the Holy Scriptures], Zeal (the fervor of love) for Your house will eat Me up. [I will be consumed with jealousy for the honor of Your house.]  Then the Jews retorted, What sign can You show us, seeing You do these things? [What sign, miracle, token, indication can You give us as evidence that You have authority and are commissioned to act in this way?]  Jesus answered them, Destroy (undo) this temple, and in three days I will raise it up again.  Then the Jews replied, it took forty-six years to build this temple (sanctuary), and will You raise it up in three days? But He had spoken of the temple which was His body. [John 2:13-21 – Amplified Bible]

The Passover of the Jews was approaching and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  In Jerusalem, Jesus walking into the temple found oxen, sheep and doves being sold in it and the moneychangers were there also.  So great was His indignance that He made a whip of cords and drove them out of the temple.  The indignation came because of Jesus’ zeal for His Father’s house.  They had made the house of God into a marketplace.  Jesus was consumed with jealousy for the honor of His Father’s house.  After all, the temple was the place which God ordained as a house of prayer for all mankind.

The Jews responded with asking Jesus for a sign as to His authority to chase the moneychangers out of the temple.  Obviously they had not taken seriously the many miracles that Jesus had done.  Had they taken Jesus seriously they would have known that Jesus was truly the Son of God.  Here we see the mercy of God – God, Himself in the flesh – being angrily questioned by man who He made in His image and likeness.  Jesus’ response startled them!  It startled them, because they were looking at Jesus as mere man.  They wanted a sign – evidence that He had the authority to do what He did.  Had they thought about Him spiritually, they would have known Jesus was not talking about a physical building, but His body being the temple of God.  In the natural realm, the odds were stacked high against Jesus or so they thought.  When one leans to their own understanding, they begin to see things naturally and not spiritually – [Proverbs 3:4-5 – Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.  In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. When not looked at spiritually, life as it is being experienced now can be very fearful and challenging.

Jesus knew that the temple He was speaking about was His body.  He knew that in spite of what the people said or believed, God – His Father was faithful and would not leave Him in Sheol.  There was absolutely nothing or no one that could stop the plan of redemption.  God had that plan in effect before the foundation of the world.  Jesus would YET STILL RISE!  Jesus boldly declared “Destroy [undo] this temple and in three days I will raise it up again.”  How could that be?  How could the temple be rebuilt in three days?  In their eyes and with their limited understanding of spiritual things, Jesus was, “Just Joseph, the carpenter’s son.  His sisters and brothers are amongst us.”  Yet still in spite of how they looked at Jesus, He would still rise.  In three days, the words that He spoke came to pass and Jesus was resurrected.

What are you personally dealing with now, that in the natural, if God doesn’t resurrect it, it will not be resurrected?  If God does not show up in three days with the money for the mortgage –your house will be foreclosed, the child will be doing life in prison, your health will fail, the financial aid will be stopped, etc.  Just know that when the pressure is on, you can then put the pressure back on your situation by praising God.  Yes you will rise again!  God is faithful and will not leave nor forsake you.  Yes, just like Jesus, you will have your Gethsemane moment, — a time when you will say, “Nevertheless, not my will but Your will be done Father,”  but know that God will not leave you there.  It may seem like He has turned His back on you, but I repeat you will rise again.  Know that Jesus rose again and so will you.

I encourage you to stand in the face of adversity and let the enemy know that you will rise again, just like Jesus rose.  I encourage you to remember that God will make a way of escape for you to bear whatever you are dealing with.

Prayer:  Father, in the Name of Jesus, as the world gets ready to celebrate “Resurrection Day”, I thank You that even at my worst, you still predestined a “Resurrection Day” for me.  As You are, so am I in this earth, I will rise again, above all the trials and challenges that I am facing right now, amen.

Happy Resurrection Day from the Word of Encouragement Family and may God’s richest blessings be bestowed upon you.

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