What Jesus Did! 'Preparing Them in His Moment of Sorrow' — John 13:18-19

Thursday, September 13, 2018

[Jesus said to the disciples,] "I am not saying these things to all of you; I know the ones I have chosen. But this fulfills the Scripture that says, 'The one who eats my food has turned against me.' I tell you this beforehand, so that when it happens you will believe that I am the Messiah."
— John 13:18-19 NLT
Illustration of John 13:18-19 NLT — "I am not saying these things to all of you; I know the ones I have chosen."

Key Thought

Nothing hurts quite like someone you love betraying you. Jesus knows what is going on with Judas. He also knows that the rest of the twelve will turn away from him for at least a little while. He knows he is going to die a horrible and humiliating death. Yet in the middle of all of this betrayal, Jesus works to prepare his disciples and give them seeds of faith that will germinate after the horrors of the next few days are past. This example is indeed a powerful one for us when we face our ending days. How can we prepare those we love for our absence? How can we soften the blow to them? How can we help them have faith after we are gone? These thoughts shouldn't be ours only before our impending death; rather, they should be the questions which guide our daily lives before those we love!

Today's Prayer

God of grace and mercy, give me the courage to live my life in ways that will inspire those I love to believe now as well as after I am gone from them. Use my life to sow the seeds of lasting faith in the hearts of those I love. Especially, dear Father, please help me reach ... with your grace. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1
  • Philippians 4:9
  • 2 Timothy 2:1-2


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.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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