What Jesus Did! 'Giving In When You Don't Have To' — John 14:29-31

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"I have told you this now, before it happens. Then when it happens, you will believe. I will not talk with you much longer. The ruler of this world (the devil) is coming. He has no power over me. But the world must know that I love the Father. So I do exactly what the Father told me to do.
"Come now. We will leave this place."
— John 14:29-31
Illustration of John 14:29-31 —  Then when it happens, you will believe.

Key Thought

The principle here is tough. Jesus gives in to an enemy and then faces personal anguish, agony, and humiliation because he does. Why does he do it? Why would he let Satan, who has no real power over him, do such horrifying things to him? Two reasons: First, he is honoring the will of God and showing his love for God. Second, he is doing it for us, as an offering for our sin—the reason God sent him to earth in the first place. Jesus' example here is a tough one to follow—giving in when we don't have to do it. Why would we do it? For two reasons: First, to live obediently to God. Second, to spare the heartache of sin to others.

Today's Prayer

Father, I admit that Jesus' example is often hard for me to follow. When I am wronged or falsely accused, I don't want to give in. Sometimes, I don't even want to forgive. I want to vindicate myself. Please give me spiritual discernment to know the difference between being a doormat that lets others needlessly run over me and being redemptive. Please help me know when to give in on matters so that others are spared the heartache of unnecessary conflict as I try to honor you by being a person of character. Thank you my Lord and Christ, for being willing to suffer abuse and injustice so that my sins could be forgiven. In Jesus' name I ask for this wisdom and strength and I offer my praise for heaven's grace. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

"If you love me, then you will do the things I command. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper. He will give you this Helper to be with you forever. The Helper is the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him. Why? Because the world does not see him or know him. But you know him. He lives with you, and he will live in you. "I will not leave you all alone like children without parents. I will come back to you. In a very short time the people in the world will not see me any more. But you will see me. You will live because I live. On that day you will know that I am in the Father. You will know that you are in me and I am in you. If a person knows my commands and obeys those commands, then that person truly loves me. And my Father will love the person that loves me. And I will love that person. I will show myself to him." Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, "But Lord, why do you plan to show yourself to us, but not to the world?" Jesus answered, "If any person loves me, then he will obey my teaching. My Father will love that person. My Father and I will come to that person and live with him. But the person that does not love me does not obey my teaching. This teaching that you hear is not really mine. It is from my Father who sent me. "I have told you all these things while I am with you. But the Helper will teach you everything. The Helper will cause you to remember all the things I told you. This Helper is the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name. "I leave you peace. It is my own peace I give you. I give you peace in a different way than the world does. So don't be troubled. Don't be afraid. You heard me say to you, 'I am leaving, but I will come back to you.' If you loved me, then you would be happy that I am going back to the Father. Why? Because the Father is greater than I am. I have told you this now, before it happens. Then when it happens, you will believe. I will not talk with you much longer. The ruler of this world (thedevil) is coming. He has no power over me. But the world must know that I love the Father. So I do exactly what the Father told me to do. "Come now. We will leave this place."

John 14:15-31

Related Scripture Readings

"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies. Pray for those people that do bad things to you. If you do this, then you will be true sons of your Father in heaven. Your Father lets the sun rise for the good people and the bad people. Your Father sends rain to people that do good and to people that do wrong. If you love only the people that love you, then you will get no reward. Even the tax collectors do that. And if you are nice only to your friends, then you are no better than other people. Even the people without God are nice to their friends. So you must be perfect, the same as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Matthew 5:43-48

A person might have to suffer even when he has done nothing wrong. If that person thinks of God and bears the pain, then this pleases God. But if you are punished for doing wrong, there is no reason to praise you for bearing that punishment. But if you suffer for doing good, and you are patient, then that pleases God. That is what you were called to do. Christ gave you an example to follow. You should do the same as he did. {You should be patient when you suffer,} because Christ suffered for you. "He (Christ) did no sin, and no lies were found in his mouth." People said bad things to Christ, but he did not say bad things to them. Christ suffered, but he did not threaten (speak against) the people. No! Christ let God take care of him. God is the One who judges rightly. Christ carried our sins in his body on the cross. He did this so that we would stop living for sin and live for what is right. By his (Christ's) wounds you were healed.

1 Peter 2:19-24

When one of you has something against another person, why do you go to {the judges in the law courts}? Those people are not right with God. So why do you let those people decide who is right? You should be ashamed! Why don't you let God's people decide who is right? Surely you know that God's people will judge the world. So if you will judge the world, then surely you are able to judge small things {like this}. You know that in the future we will judge angels. So surely we can judge things in this life. So if you have those disagreements that must be judged, why do you take those things to people who are not part of the church? Those people mean nothing to the church. I say this to shame you. Surely there is some person in your group wise enough to judge a complaint between two brothers (believers)! But now one brother goes to court against another brother. You let men that are not believers judge their case! The lawsuits that you have against each other show that you are already defeated. It would be better for you to let someone do wrong against you! It would be better for you to let someone cheat you! But you yourselves do wrong and cheat! And you do this to other believers {in Christ}!

1 Corinthians 6:1-8

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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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