What Jesus Did! 'Refusing Deliverance' — John 11:55-57

Saturday, August 18, 2018

It was almost time for the Jewish Passover festival. Many people from the country went to Jerusalem before the Passover. They went to do the special things to make themselves pure {for the Passover}. The people looked for Jesus. They stood in the temple area and asked each other, "Is he (Jesus) coming to the festival? What do you think?" But the leading priests and the Pharisees had given a special order about Jesus. They said that if any person knew where Jesus was, the person must tell them. Then the leading priests and the Pharisees could arrest Jesus.
— John 11:55-57 NLT
Illustration of John 11:55-57 NLT — "Is he (Jesus) coming to the festival? What do you think?"

Key Thought

Why is it so hard for those caught up in wrong things—ideas, addictions, relationships—to accept the opportunity for deliverance? While there are many partial answers, there is one clear answer: Satan has blinded them to the truth because he doesn't want them free. Despite the inexplicable healing of Lazarus, some will not believe. Despite the freedom that Jesus comes to offer them, some will not receive it. In fact, some are determined to be rid of Jesus because they are happily settled in the fog Satan has brought over them to keep them from the truth. As much as we may pray and try to convince them otherwise, some will not believe. There is not much that we can do other than to pray for their hearts to change; live before them with a consistent example of character and faith; and be ready to help when they face difficulty or find themselves open to the truth.

Today's Prayer

Father, please minister to my discouragement. I have some friends whom I love deeply who are caught in Satan's traps. Make my life a consistent example of compassion and character before them. Please help me see the opportunities when they are more open to your grace and please use me to share that grace at the appropriate time. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Acts 26:15-18
  • Ephesians 2:1-2
  • 1 Peter 1:18-21


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.