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

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

[Caiaphas] did not say [that it was better for one man to die than the whole nation perish] on his own; as high priest at that time he was led to prophesy that Jesus would die for the entire nation. And not only for that nation, but to bring together and unite all the children of God scattered around the world.

So from that time on, the Jewish leaders began to plot Jesus' death.

— John 11:51-53 NLT

Key Thought

Even those who oppose God can be used by God 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! As a disciple, are you doing your part of spread God's grace and declare his glory?

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 and help me to do my part. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

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


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Illustration of John 11:51-53 NLT — So from that time on, the Jewish leaders began to plot Jesus' death.

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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