Terry R. Baughman
“Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said” (John 2:22).
Even if someone could tell you the future, their words might not make sense. In the context of veiled sequence it is difficult to clearly see the importance of the words spoken. However, in time, the events that unfold will reveal the details in the portrait of the present. As Paul wrote, “Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known” (1 Corinthians 13:12).
What is veiled in the obscurity of the future will surely be revealed when we stand in the light of past experience. As we look back, prophecies are framed in their proper context. Disconnected events now joined help define the intrinsic details as they are highlighted in the beauty of His revealed Word.
Jude, the brother of Jesus, wrote that we should, “remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 17). Looking back and recalling the conversations of Jesus and the Apostles brought more understanding to believers. As the Gospel writers remembered their experiences with Jesus, the fragments of the parables and memorable words of encouragement united in a grand narrative of inspiration. As they recorded the numerous miracles, dramatic signs, sermons and teaching, the words of Jesus melded into an everlasting message of hope.
After the resurrection of Jesus many things He had said suddenly made sense. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up,” Jesus stated (John 2:19). Another time He said, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40). The miracle of the resurrection brought understanding and increased their faith in all the words Jesus had spoken. (See the text above.)
Before the disciples were aware that the resurrection had taken place Cleopas and another disciple walked the road to Emmaus. They were joined by another who seemed not to have known about the recent events in Jerusalem. They shared stories of the shameful treatment of Jesus and the sorrow of their loss. They did not recognize who He was until He blessed and broke the bread in their evening meal. As their eyes were opened He vanished from the room. Recalling the words He spoke they said, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32). There is a quickening in our spirits and a warmth in our hearts when we hear His words and remember His promises.
In a brief statement it was said of the disciples, “They remembered His words” (Luke 24:8). There is power and authority in His words. Remember, He is the One who spoke worlds into existence; the One who created all things. His words are life-giving. Peter recognized this truth. Even when the tide of popularity drove others away from Jesus, those closest to Him refused to leave. Jesus asked them, “Do you also want to go away?” Peter answered, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:67-68).
Remember His Words … and live!
“But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 17).