The Resurrection Foretold

The Resurrection Foretold: Jesus said it many times, but nobody understood Him. The folks within earshot of the many conversations didn’t understand. Not even His disciples understood. The Jewish authorities certainly did not understand.

Jesus’ disciples and followers had no real basis for understanding His claims of a resurrection. The disciples were just baffled by the whole idea and could not comprehend losing their beloved rabbi.

The Jewish authorities might have had some members who understood the scriptures and could see the truth, but they had no political reason to accept it and no personal reason to do so. It did not serve their purposes at all.

Jesus predicts His own death and resurrection

Jesus predicted His death and resurrection. In the Gospel of John, he was speaking to the Pharisees and said it plainly. The temple Jesus was referring to was His own body. Believers today are “temples of the holy spirit” and can easily see what Jesus was talking about.

Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days .” The Jews replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” But the temple he had spoken of was his body.

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. (John 2:19-22)

Jesus’ Resurrection Foretold

The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ should not have been a surprise. Jesus Himself foretold of it, telling not only His disciples, but the Pharisees as well. “Destroy this temple,” was a reference to the crucifixion and His subsequent rise on the third day.

Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this man-made temple and in three days will build another, not made by man.'” Yet even then their testimony did not agree.

Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?”

But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” They all condemned him as worthy of death.

Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him. (Mark 14:57-65)

Jewish leaders had their own agenda

Faced with the truth flying in the face of their hypocrisy, the Jewish authorities doubled-down on their cause. The alleged blasphemy they accused Jesus of committing was a convenient excuse for justifying their self-righteous claim to be keepers of the law.

It was a “do as I say, not as I do” scenario, which Jesus called them out on several times. It was the worst case of lawlessness. The truth can be painful and the Jews were insulted.

The religious elite felt the need to protect their ground and Jesus presented an immediate problem. The Jews began to plot against him and devise a way to get the Romans involved in His arrest and execution. They needed the Romans to execute Jesus for them.

We often miss what is right in front of us

It’s easy to miss what is being foretold if you don’t want to hear it. Perhaps it was just too much to take in or we are to self-focused to hear it. The Resurrection foretold by Jesus but MANY didn’t listen and still are not!