What Jesus Did! 'When Lost is Won!' — John 12:17-19

Saturday, August 25, 2018

There were many people with Jesus when he raised Lazarus from death and told him to come out of the tomb. Now those people were telling other people about what Jesus did. Many people went out to meet Jesus, because they heard that Jesus did this miracle. So the Pharisees said to each other, "Look! Our plan is not working. All the people are following him!"
— John 12:17-19 NLT
Illustration of John 12:17-19 NLT — "Look! Our plan is not working. All the people are following him!"

Key Thought

Those opposed to Jesus lost! The will of God won! While clearly hyperbole, the religious enemies of Jesus proclaim the will and the work of God: "The whole world has gone after him!" Little did they know that their plan to stop Jesus by crucifying him would end up handing Jesus the ultimate victory. When Jesus is crucified, when he is lifted up on the Cross and fulfills God's will, he then conquers those opposed to God's will and calls all people seeking God to himself through the message and the triumph of God's grace. Thanks be to God for our victory in Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Today's Prayer

Holy and gracious God, thank you for your victory over death, Satan, and false religion through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Please use me to help the people around me come to know Jesus better as Lord and Savior. I pray in the name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 3:16-17
  • Matthew 28:18-20
  • John 12:31-33


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.