It’s been a while and I am sorry I have not been blogging at all recently. Work has been really busy, among other things, but getting all of said tasks within and without the context of work for now helps! I resolve, thus, to blog more regularly and hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas! So long as we don’t forget the Reason for the Season, all should be well. Truthfully, the month or so that I ended up taking off from blogging and such has changed much, but I am back now and a more mature person for it, I think.
That said, how were your Christmas Days and how will you celebrate the remaining eleven days of the season? Let me know! Thanks!
I will get back to normal postings after Sunday, as I have been busy, but will post something today because one cannot and should not stop spreading the Gospel in the midst of academic and personal busyness, God Bless!
(Note: This post is solely in English presently. I will write the French version tomorrow since this is a long post and I have a busy day ahead once again!)
John 2:13-21 says Jesus was angry when the Pharisees made the Temple a shop of sorts for their fellow Jews and those Gentiles who would stop by to buy supplies for the sacrifice for sins. You know the phrase “turn the tables?” This historical happening, as recorded in Scripture, is the origin of that expression for a remarkable change in any life situation. Additionally, the Pharisees had no idea just how else Jesus was about to turn the tables and change lives:
So the Jews answered and said to Him, “What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?”
19 Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
20 Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?”
21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body. 22 Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them;[c]and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.” – John 2:18-21, NKJV
I imagine they were thinking, “Huh?? Excuse me? Some Gallilean dude is gonna destroy our temple and raise it up again in three days?? What??” Even many of the Gentiles to whom Jesus preached mocked Him, as we see in John 17-19, one of my favorite passages of Scripture given its detailed and reflective account of the sacrifice on the cross.
No wonder Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, influential Jews themselves, had to come by night and be careful about declaring their love for Jesus before crowds! Nicodemus was a Pharisee, as per John 3, and Joseph of Arimathea was a prominent, pious Jewish man in their day as well. No wonder, again, that both made known their conversions secretly before they spread the Gospel publicly, lest the Pharisses and Roman government might have had them prosecuted and/or killed for blasphemy, treason, etc.!
Thank God, we needn’t be secretive insofar as we are able anymore.