What Jesus Did! 'Scattered and Alone' — John 16:31-32

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Jesus said, "So now you believe? Listen to me. A time is coming when you will be scattered. Each of you will be scattered to his own home. That time is now here. You will leave me. I will be alone. But I am never really alone, because the Father is with me."
— John 16:31-32 NLT
Illustration of John 16:31-32 NLT —  I will be alone.

Key Thought

The disciples think they believe. They think they are courageous and loyal. Yet they will all scatter and leave Jesus alone. He will face the horrors of the Cross by himself. Yes, God will go with him. But on the Cross, Jesus will even feel abandoned by God as he bears the weight of the world's sin alone, forsaken, mocked, ridiculed and tortured. And why did he do it? He did it to save you. He did it to save me. He did it to save the lost world. So how can we keep from sharing such costly grace with those who do not know it?

Today's Prayer

Give us, your people, your Church, courage to proclaim your grace in ways that communicate it clearly. The unspeakable horrors of Jesus' betrayal night and crucifixion day humble us, dear Father, that you would love us so. Lead us to redemptively love others who do not know this grace as their own. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 3:16-17
  • 1 John 2:1-2
  • Luke 24:45-48

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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.

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