John 2.18-22 The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
Some moments become more meaningful in time.
I have had a vast amount of unique experiences in my life and many of them have really meant something to me, but there are a few that stand out. There are some moments in my life that changed my life course forever. For example, when my daughter was born, my life changed forever. I find it very difficult to explain the feeling I had when I saw her face for the first time. There was some kind of magic in her eyes that captured my heart and never gave it back. At that moment, my perspective on life changed, it seemed that the world became for colorful and I just knew that I would be happy forever. Well, time moves forward and people grow, bills mount up, and people come and go in our lives. It is so easy to forget those moments when they get buried under the burdens of the day.
Jesus had just completed his first miracle of turning water into wine, pretty awesome. Now, he and his disciples make their way into the Temple complex and all of a sudden Jesus stops talking and begins cleaning house, literally. The Temple complex was filled with people buying and selling animals for sacrifice, and it was pretty well known that it was a shady business. Jesus was having none of that! He literally creates a whip and goes to town forcefully inviting these swindlers and cheats to get out the “Father’s House”. This was a pretty intense moment happening in front of the disciples and when all the smoke cleared, they probably stood there with their jaws hanging open wondering what in the world had just happened. In the aftermath, some people came to Jesus and asked him for some sign to prove that he had the authority to do what he did. That seemed legitimate, I mean, he just walked in and started bouncing people without so much as flashing a badge. Jesus answers the request with a strange reference to the Temple, except he meant his body, not the building they were standing in. At this moment Jesus was actually predicting his death and resurrection, but the disciples missed it. They were so caught up in the frenzy that they failed to catch the incredible truth that Jesus just laid down for everyone. But the Bible tells us that years later when Jesus was crucified and actually rose from the dead, the Disciples “remembered and believed”. So much had happened but the Disciples remembered, they remembered that incredible moment and they believed all the more.
We all have rough days, and sometimes they seem downright unbearable. That’s the great thing about memories, no matter how tough it gets, there are moments we can look back on and remember a better time. The funny thing about Jesus is that he invites us to remember. Many of our encounters with him begin to make so much more sense when we reflect back on them.
On Today’s Road: It is easy to dwell on the problems, but instead why not reflect on the times we met Jesus on our life’s road. Can you look back on a time when Jesus spoke into your life, and you might have missed it? Maybe today you can take a moment to “remember and believe”, or maybe your moment is today.