What Jesus Did! 'Let These Others Go!' — John 18:7-9

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Jesus asked them again, "Who are you looking for?" The men said, "Jesus from Nazareth." Jesus said, "I told you that I am Jesus. So if you are looking for me, then let these other men go free." This happened so that the words Jesus said before would be true: "I have not lost any of the men you gave me."
— John 18:7-9
Illustration of John 18:7-9 — "I have not lost any of the men you gave me."

Key Thought

Imagine being the target of hatred, jealousy, and murderous intent yet still protecting those closest to you. Jesus' protection of his disciples during his arrest, trial, and crucifixion is the great reminder of his love for us. In fact, in the protection of the disciples, we can see our own eternal protection. Jesus is willing to pay the horrible price of the Cross to insure our protection from sin and death. He says to Satan, "Let these others go!" Then he pays the price for our sin and we are set free!

Today's Prayer

Gracious God, I praise you for Jesus' sacrificial love for his disciples and also for me. My words are inadequate to say how I feel. Jesus, my appreciation for your wounds that protected and healed me is deeper than words. I trust that the Holy Spirit will communicate the emotions that are beyond my ability to express so that you will receive my praise with the depth and the passion with which I offer it to you this day. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

When Jesus finished praying, he left with his followers. They went across the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden {of olive trees}. Jesus and his followers went there. Judas knew where this place was, because Jesus met there often with his followers. Judas was the one that turned against Jesus. So Judas led a group of soldiers to the garden. Judas also brought some guards from the leading priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns, and weapons. Jesus knew everything that would happen to him. Jesus went out and asked, "Who are you looking for?" The men answered, "Jesus from Nazareth." Jesus said, "I am Jesus." (Judas, the one that turned against Jesus, was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, "I am Jesus," the men moved back and fell to the ground. Jesus asked them again, "Who are you looking for?" The men said, "Jesus from Nazareth." Jesus said, "I told you that I am Jesus. So if you are looking for me, then let these other men go free." This happened so that the words Jesus said before would be true: "I have not lost any of the men you gave me." Simon Peter had a sword. He took out the sword and struck the servant of the high priest. Peter cut off the servant's right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.) Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword back in its place! I must accept the cup {of suffering} the Father has given me."

John 18:1-11

Related Scripture Readings

While I was with them, I kept them safe. I kept them safe by the power of your name—the name you gave me. I protected them. And only one of them was lost—the man (Judas) that chose to be lost. He was lost so that what was said in the Scriptures would happen.

John 17:12

"But before all these things happen, people will arrest you and do bad things to you. People will judge you in their synagogues and put you in jail. You will be forced to stand before kings and governors. People will do all these things to you because you follow me. But this will give you an opportunity to tell about me. Don't worry about what you will say. I will give you the wisdom to say things that none of your enemies can answer. Even your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends will turn against you. They will kill some of you. All people will hate you because you follow me. But none of these things can really harm you. You will save yourselves by continuing strong in your faith through all these things.

Luke 21:12-19

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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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