What Jesus Did! 'A Promise for the Nations' — John 11:51-53

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Caiaphas did not think of this himself. He was high priest that year. So he was really prophesying that Jesus would die for the Jewish people. Yes, Jesus would die for the Jewish people. But Jesus would also die for God's other children that were scattered {in all the world}. He would die to bring them all together and make them one people. That day the Jewish leaders began planning to kill Jesus.
— John 11:51-53 NLT
Illustration of John 11:51-53 NLT —  That day the Jewish leaders began planning to kill Jesus.

Key Thought

God can even use those who oppose him to declare his grace. His plan was to save his people, Israel, and also reach the non-Jewish nations of the world through Jesus. We should remember that grace triumphs! God will not be deterred. His will is going to triumph. His glory will be declared even by those who have opposed Him. That is the power of the Gospel and the God who authored it!

Today's Prayer

Thank you, dear Father, that grace is for all peoples of the earth. Please bless my brothers and sisters in Christ all over the world, especially those who live their faith in hostile situations. Please spread the power of the Gospel throughout the world in this generation. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 10:14-16
  • John 12:31-32
  • 1 John 2:1-2


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.