"While I was with them, I kept them safe. I kept them safe by the power of your name—the name you gave me. I protected them. And only one of them was lost—the man (Judas) that chose to be lost. He was lost so that what was said in the Scriptures would happen."
— John 17:12 NLT
Jesus came to save, to bless, to redeem, and to protect. The whole focus of Jesus last moments with his disciples was protection. He wanted to protect them spiritually from discouragement, so he told them about what was going to happen with him and promised to send the Holy Spirit as the comforter and counselor to help them. He wanted to protect them physically, so he takes control of his own arrest (John 18) and makes sure that his disciples are not involved with the torturous night and day that follow. All of this means that he must bear his impending death, his mockery of a trial, and his agonizing trip to Calvary alone. Why did he do it this way? Because of his love for his own and his desire to protect them. And that, dear friend, is how cares for you, too!
Father, even in my struggles, please help me find Jesus. I know he is there, comforting me and strengthening me through the Holy Spirit and joining me when I meet with other Christians. Please give me courage that does not flag in the face of opposition, ridicule, or pain. Help me see my Lord Jesus and never doubt his desire to bring me safely home to you. I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- John 18:3-9
- Luke 13:34
- Romans 8:35-39
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.