Just As He Said
Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” John 2:19
(Jesus speaking) Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Mark 13:31
But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Matthew 28:5-6a
What an encouraging reminder from the Resurrection Sunday message that Jesus’ words are always tied to action. Jesus is never flippant or careless with His words. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” And just as He said (Matthew 28:5-6a) Jesus accomplished His words that Sunday morning defeating the power of sin and death and leading to our belief and hope in this risen rock solid Christ (John 2:22).
How do I know that I can trust this Jesus, and what do I do with Him?
First, trust him because he adamantly proclaims truths and makes those proclamations come to pass. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Mark 13:31). No human in existence could ever say that. Our words fall flat. We make promises and fail to keep them. Many of the “I’m sorry’s” expressed to my loved ones are due to that exact failure to keep my word. Our words along with every human, save one, will pass away. Jesus’ words are steadfast. His words will NEVER pass away. He is the holy Son of God who accomplishes the things He says He will do. And there is no accomplishment greater than His bodily resurrection from the dead just as He foretold.
Additionally, follow him! There is no compass pointing more directly to the risen Jesus than the statement, “My words will not pass away”. His words are rock solid because they are always fulfilled. We can boldly run to and rest on Jesus. Only Jesus. Not simply the moral principles of a 1st century crucified odd-ball. We don’t need to be simply good, moral people who try to appropriate the nice words of Jesus into our cultural moment. Jesus said we needed Him (John 14:6). We need Jesus to begin and to endure to the end. We run to and soak up Jesus. It is what He called us to. No one is more steadfast.
The wonderful solution to whatever situation you presently find yourself in is to find your joy in Jesus. Trust and follow the Father glorifying; way, truth, life embodying; and yoke carrying Savior whose words will NEVER pass away.