John 2:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 2:22, NIV: "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 2:22, ESV: "When therefore 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."

John 2:22, KJV: "When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said."

John 2:22, NASB: "So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken."

John 2:22, NLT: "After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered he had said this, and they believed both the Scriptures and what Jesus had said."

John 2:22, CSB: "So when he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the statement Jesus had made."

What does John 2:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After Jesus is resurrected, His disciples realize His statement in verse 19 was a prophecy about His own body. This is an especially important statement, because there would have been no way for Jesus to "fake it." It's also important because it was used both in His trials (Matthew 26:61) and as an insult while He was dying on the cross (Matthew 27:40). This means Jesus' claim could not have been invented after His death. Later, Jesus will refer to death as a means to "plant a seed" which produces new life (John 12:20–25).

In the gospel of John, we often see people respond to miracles based on their preferences. What a person wants to believe is often more powerful than what they should believe, or what they have reason to believe. Some, like the Pharisees, refuse to see God's work, and come up with ways to explain away the miracle. Others, like the disciples, see them as proof that what they've read in the Scriptures is true.