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Belief in the resurrection

John 2:19, 22, Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.

From the sermon series: Eastertide

When we look at the section of John 2 that these two verses come from, we can see in verse 21 that when Jesus talks about the destruction and then the raising of the temple, He is referring to the temple of His body. He’s not concerned with the physical building of the temple, as His disciples originally thought, but rather with His resurrection, which would make true what had been written in Scripture about a coming Messiah.

When the disciples saw the Risen Christ, they knew He had resurrected and conquered death. As people living today, we only know what we read in the Bible. For some, they may choose to believe that Christ’s resurrection was just a story because they didn’t see it for themselves. We have to consider for ourselves what we think of Christ’s resurrection: is it just a story from a long time ago or is it an event we believe actually happened and still see its relevance to us today? Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection are what Christianity is based on – we need to believe in all three aspects. His life shows us how we strive to live and love, His death shows us the sacrifice He was willing to make to do His Father’s will to save all, and His resurrection assures us that we will one day be resurrected, too.

When did you know for sure that you believed in Christ’s resurrection? What brought you to that point? How does Christ’s resurrection affect you today?

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