What Jesus Did! 'My Father Sent Me!' — John 7:28-29

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

While Jesus was teaching in the Temple, he called out, "Yes, you know me, and you know where I come from. But I'm not here on my own. The one who sent me is true, and you don't know him. But I know him because I come from him, and he sent me to you."
— John 7:28-29 NLT
Illustration of John 7:28-29 NLT — "Yes, you know me, and you know where I come from. But I'm not here on my own. The one who sent me is true, and you don't know him. But I know him because I come from him, and he sent me to you."

Key Thought

Jesus came on a mission. It wasn't a mission of his own initiative. He wasn't looking for honor for himself. He was sent to do the Father's work, to do the Father's mission, and to bring glory to the Father by completing his work. The cost was high: He gave his life to complete the Father's work. The mission was clear: It was to reveal the Father to us. The amazing thing, however, is that when Jesus ascended, he gave us a very similar mission: "As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you!" (John 20:21). So let's live each day following the example of our Savior, fully committed to represent the one who sent us and to reveal his glory and grace.

Today's Prayer

Holy God and loving Father, I confess that sometimes I see life as monotonous and predictable. I lose sight of the opportunities to do your work with each new day. Sharpen my focus, God, so that I can seize the opportunities each day to help others see you more clearly. Give me passion as I face the challenges, opportunities, and yes, even the monotony of each day. Empower me to live as one sent on a mission. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 3:10-17
  • John 10:22-25, 36-41
  • 1 John 4:9-10

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About This Devotional

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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.