February 28, 2023 – John 2: 16-22 – Clarity

Today we’ll look at John 2: 16-22:

16 He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18 The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22 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.

There is a word that is mentioned twice in these verses today. Did you catch it?  


We see this phrase in this passage talking about how the disciples looked back and “remembered” what Jesus said or “remembered” what Jesus did.  They did not understand in the moment what Jesus was doing. They didn’t get what He was up to. They missed it. 

It was only after that they had clarity.  It was only after they could look back that they remembered and had that clarity.  That clarity of understanding came from looking back to the past. When they remembered, they understood. 

Y’all, we don’t always have clarity of understanding what Jesus is doing in real-time. Sometimes we only understand after. Sometimes we may only understand when we remember. Sometimes we may only understand when the Holy Spirit opens our eyes and allows us to understand exactly what God was up to and was doing. 

In the moment, we do not have clarity.  Looking backward, through the Holy Spirit, then we know. Then we understand. Then we have clarity.

So, when you don’t understand in the moment, hold on to Jesus.  You will. It will all make sense one day. One day, we will have clarity. One day, we will understand.  One day, we’ll know. 

That day may not be today. But one day, we’ll have clarity. 

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