Crypto-Sequiturs of Christ Non-sequiturs are responses to a previous comment that does not seem to follow logically to the topic being discussed. They are often both illogical and nonsensical. As Christians, we know that every word from Christ, seeing that He is God, is pure, Proverbs 30:5. Jesus Christ - unlike us - never gave random responses. Yet we have several statements from Christ that do indeed seem - and to His enemies were in fact treated as - non-sequiturs. Those of us, however, who know and reverence our Lord know that every word from Jesus Christ certainly has purpose. That is why we can call these mysterious responses or actions crypto-sequiturs; there is a connection, but not one that is immediately apparent. Other statements of Christ did seem to be logically connected but were actually, as far as His intended application, still hidden from His hearers. So Crypto-sequitur refers to responses that either seemed unconnected, or that were connected, but applied in a spiritual and totally unforeseen way. Below are three of these crypto-sequiturs of Christ. The first two are fairly easy to understand, but the last one requires more careful examination to get to the application: 1. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." John 2:15-21 (We backtrack a bit in order to pick up the context): 15. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. 16. And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” 17. Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.” 18. 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. This is an obvious example to start with, seeing that the text itself unlocks for us Christ's intended application. The hostile Jews in this confrontation, having just seen Him (from their viewpoint) violate the sanctity of their temple, when they heard Christ's words in verse 19 thought naturally of the physical temple. But He intended to draw their attention to the real and spiritual temple, His own Body - the Church of the Living God, a spiritual house of which this earlier structure was mere preparation. To the Jews, Christ's answer was a non-sequitur, as their hostile response clearly shows. 2. “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees." Matthew 16:5-12. Here is another fairly straightforward example, seeing that the key to understanding it is given at the very end. 5. Now when His disciples had come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. 6. Then Jesus said to them, “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.” 7. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “It is because we have taken no bread.” 8. But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you have brought no bread? 9. Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up? 10. Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many large baskets you took up? 11. How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread?—but to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12. Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees. We tend to be hard on the disciples for their slowness in understanding what Christ meant here, but we have the benefit of the explanation. We most certainly would have made our own share of blunders in understanding that all pupils make on their way to becoming actual students of the things of God.