What Jesus Did! 'A Seed Until the Resurrection!' — John 12:14-16

Friday, August 24, 2018

Jesus found a donkey and rode on it. This was like the Scripture says: "Do not be afraid, city of Zion ! Look! Your king is coming. He is riding on a young donkey." The followers of Jesus did not understand at that time what was happening. But after Jesus was raised to glory, they understood that these things were written about him. Then the followers remembered that they had done these things for him.
— John 12:14-16 NLT
Illustration of John 12:14-16 NLT — "Do not be afraid, city of Zion ! Look! Your king is coming. He is riding on a young donkey."

Key Thought

Jesus must be regarded differently because of his resurrection. If Jesus hadn't been raised from the dead, then our Christian walk has been a sad investment of faith, time, and hope. Since Jesus was raised, our lives are full of hope and promise, no matter how we might be threatened physically. We have the blessing of knowing how Jesus' story on earth ends—not with a cross and a tomb, but with a resurrected Savior! Once we truly grasp that crucial reality of the resurrection, everything is different and we are more than conquerors through our peaceful Savior.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for redeeming me from death and the fear of death through Jesus' victory at the cross and the empty tomb! Never let me forget that you are the God who raises the dead and restores life to the lifeless. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 2:19-21
  • Colossians 3:1-4
  • 1 Corinthians 15:4


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.