Thoughts from the Pastor

Journey

     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: 19-22

     John writes that Jesus’ disciples remembered his words only after everything had happened, after it was all over. Then, they remembered his words … and understood … and believed. They believed because they finally understood what Jesus meant by “temple,” and they knew that he had done exactly what he had said.

     Sometimes we have to go through things, experience suffering, or simply grow up in order to understand and make sense of things we hear in life. After walking with Jesus, hearing his teachings, and living through the suffering, death and resurrection of their Lord, then—and only then—could the disciples make sense of it all.

     Hopefully, then, we can learn to have a little grace for the disciples, for others, and for ourselves; none of us have it all figured out. Faith is a journey; our experiences change us and give us new understanding. This is why we speak of scripture as the living word for our experiences, both joyful and sorrowful, bringing us to a new place.

     As we move through this Easter season again, may we be reminded not only of the journey Jesus and his disciples went on but our journey. We are a people called to constantly reflect on the words of Jesus trusting that in time God will build up something new in us. Be blessed on the journey and may we discern together the calling of our God.        ~ Pastor Nathan