God’s Purposes and Plans

John 2:18-22 (NIV)

The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”

20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.

After Jesus cleared the temple, the Jews were incredulous. They wanted to know what sign He could show them that would have given Him the authority to do what He had done. Jesus then prophesies about His Resurrection. They had no idea what He was talking about and apparently, neither did His disciples. It wasn’t until after He was raised from the dead that they remembered and believed.

Jesus knew why He had come and what He was going to go through for the sake of the world. He understood His purpose and He resolutely set about accomplishing it. He knew He would suffer and die. He knew that He would be raised from the dead. The Father didn’t keep Him guessing about how things were going to go. It was their plan all along. Though those around Him, friend and foe alike, failed to understand His purpose and God’s plan, Jesus knew what He had come to do. As in all things, God’s plan prevailed and Jesus went to the cross to die for humanity and He was raised on the third day by God the Father. It really happened! Now, we await the fulfilling of the prophecies regarding His return. Until that day comes, let us commit ourselves to God’s purposes and plans for our lives that we might win people to the Kingdom.

PRAYER: Father in Heaven, I give you praise today for Your prevailing purposes and plans. I want to go where You lead and obey what You have commanded today. Thank You for Your love, grace and blessings in my life, amen.


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