"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
I love to listen to little kids argue. It is the funniest thing. One says something and then the other has to one up them. Like it is a contest to see who is the biggest and the baddest. Then things get out of hand quickly. One says something outlandish like, “I can fly over the moon”, or something crazy. Then it happens someone says it, “liar, liar pants on fire.” Yep you just got called out kid. You are a liar. These statements are easy to spot and coming out of an imaginative youngsters mouth is not too uncommon.
Believe it or not, this statement was uttered to Jesus when He was walking around on earth. One of my favorite accounts was when Jesus was talking to these really religious people. These people who had been attending church meetings and services for a long time. These people thought they knew it all when it came to what God could and could not do.
In John chapter 2 verses 19-22, we see this encounter where Jesus is talking about raising the temple. Jesus tells the Pharisees that if (and when) they destroy this temple, He will raise it in three days. They immediately call out, “liar, liar pants on fire.” They would not allow such crazy talk to be spoken and took it as an insult that Jesus would even infer that it was possible. Verses 21 and 22 give us the context of Jesus’ statement and let us know that He was talking about Himself. He was talking about when Jesus died for the sins of the world that He would conquer death and raise from the dead on the third day. This was a true statement; it happened. But regardless of this, the Pharisees were not about to accept that statement as even being remotely possible.
Now maybe you don’t call out “liar, liar pants on fire,” but you might act like it. As a Christian, have you ever doubted that God could do something BIG in your life? Like really, really, ridiculously BIG? I bet you have. I have. We live in a world that constantly tells us to doubt what God could do in our lives. We have problems and brokenness in our lives that are big and the only way we can get through and experience restoration is to trust in God. When the Bible says that God is in control, do you believe it? When the Bible says to obey, do you do it? Or do you act as if that could NEVER happen? When told to pray for people and for the difficulties you find yourself in, do you pray with a mindset that there is no point because this can’t get any better? Or do you pray in faith? That God is in control? He is aware. He is near. He is full of love for you and your situation and He is fully capable of seeing you through. We need to live in a way that is a representation of God’s power and not our own. God is not a liar. He is powerful and mighty. Always. And that is the truth.
LORD, thank you for being a BIG God. A God who is in control of all things and is POWERFUL and mighty. Help me to live in a way that reflects your power. Help me to live confidently, that your WORD and your WILL are good and powerful and that in your hands I am safe and secure. Help me live in the TRUTH of your Word. Amen.
Posted on Mon, August 13, 2012
by Doug Story