What Jesus Did! 'The Devil Has a Plan' — John 13:2

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Jesus and his followers were at the evening meal. The devil had already persuaded Judas Iscariot to turn against Jesus. (Judas was the son of Simon.)
— John 13:2
Illustration of John 13:2 — Jesus and his followers were at the evening meal. The devil had already persuaded Judas Iscariot to turn against Jesus. (Judas was the son of Simon.)

Key Thought

We must never forget that the events of the Cross—from Judas' plan to betray Jesus to his opponents to the death of Jesus on the Cross being mocked by the crowds—were part of the Devil's plan. More than entering a room with Jesus and his disciples, we have joined them on the battlefield. The evil one will not leave the events alone. He will orchestrate the hatred, jealously, mockery, injustice, brutality, cruelty, betrayal, treachery, and death which follow. This is his desire for all who seek God and goodness. Choosing Jesus is not only crucial, it is also a battle. Let's never forget that Jesus faced the Devil to win the victory for us.

Today's Prayer

Lord God Almighty, my Abba Father, please give me wisdom to see the crafty ways of the Devil as he seeks to deceive and to destroy my faith in you and my love for you. Strengthen me by your Spirit in my inner being so that I can be strong enough to face down my enemy when he attacks. Most of all, deliver me from the evil one and bring me into your glorious victory with great joy. In the name of Jesus, my conquering Savior, I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

It was almost time for the Jewish Passover festival. Jesus knew that it was time for him to leave this world. It was now time for Jesus to go back to the Father. Jesus had always loved those people in the world who were his. Now was the time Jesus showed them his love the most. Jesus and his followers were at the evening meal. The devil had already persuaded Judas Iscariot to turn against Jesus. (Judas was the son of Simon.) The Father had given Jesus power over everything. Jesus knew this. Jesus also knew that he had come from God. And he knew that he was going back to God. While they were eating, Jesus stood up and took off his robe. Jesus got a towel and wrapped the towel around his waist. Then Jesus poured water into a pitcher. He began to wash the followers' feet. He dried their feet with the towel that was wrapped around his waist. Jesus came to Simon Peter. But Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, you should not wash my feet." Jesus answered, "You don't know what I am doing now. But later you will understand." Peter said, "No! You will never wash my feet." Jesus answered, "If I don't wash your feet, then you cannot be one of my people." Simon Peter answered, "Lord, after you wash my feet, wash my hands and my head too!" Jesus said, "After a person has a bath, his whole body is clean. He needs only to wash his feet. And you men are clean, but not every one of you." Jesus knew who would turn against him. That is why Jesus said, "Not every one of you is clean." Jesus finished washing their feet. Then he put on his clothes and went back to the table. Jesus asked, "Do you understand what I did for you? You call me 'Teacher.' And you call me 'Lord.' And this is right, because that is what I am. I am your Lord and Teacher. But I washed your feet {like a servant}. So you also should wash each other's feet. I did this as an example for you. So you should do {for each other} like I did for you. I tell you the truth. A servant is not greater than his master. The person that issent to do something is not greater than the one that sent him. If you know these things, you will be happy if you do them.

John 13:1-17

Related Scripture Readings

To end my letter I tell you, be strong in the Lord and in his great power. Wear the full armor (protection) of God. Wear God's armor so that you can fight against the devil's evil tricks. Our fight is not against people on earth. We are fighting against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world's darkness. We are fighting against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:10-12

But the Lord is faithful. He will give you strength and protect you from the Evil One (the devil).

2 Thessalonians 3:3

The God that brings peace will soon defeat Satan (the devil) and give you power over him. The grace (kindness) of our Lord Jesus be with you.

Romans 16:20

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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