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. -John 2:18-22 NRSV
Don't you love the ways that Jesus speaks in metaphors. Must have driven the fundamentalist Jews crazy. The Jewish religious leaders has such a literal/narrow black and white view of the scriptures and of life. So much of their problems with Jesus is that the Lord spoke of deeper things that the law. They had no idea that they were so far off base.
Don't you love that even his disciples did not understand what Jesus meant by raising his body up in three days. Like the religious leaders they were clueless. Only in hindsight could they understand what he meant. And that is so true for us today. Sometimes we can only understand our lives in reverse. When we look back we can see his hand in our lives.
Help us to not forgot all of the times that your words came true in our lives Lord. Encourage us to remember.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.