What Jesus Did! 'Let These Others Go!' — John 18:7-9

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Jesus asked them again, "Who are you looking for?" The men said, "Jesus from Nazareth." Jesus said, "I told you that I am Jesus. So if you are looking for me, then let these other men go free." This happened so that the words Jesus said before would be true: "I have not lost any of the men you gave me."
— John 18:7-9 NLT
Illustration of John 18:7-9 NLT — "I have not lost any of the men you gave me."

Key Thought

Imagine being the target of hatred, jealousy, and murderous intent yet still protecting those closest to you. Jesus' protection of his disciples during his arrest, trial, and crucifixion is the great reminder of his love for us. In fact, in the protection of the disciples, we can see our own eternal protection. Jesus is willing to pay the horrible price of the Cross to insure our protection from sin and death. He says to Satan, "Let these others go!" Then he pays the price for our sin and we are set free!

Today's Prayer

Gracious God, I praise you for Jesus' sacrificial love for his disciples and also for me. My words are inadequate to say how I feel. Jesus, my appreciation for your wounds that protected and healed me is deeper than words. I trust that the Holy Spirit will communicate the emotions that are beyond my ability to express so that you will receive my praise with the depth and the passion with which I offer it to you this day. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 17:12
  • Romans 8:38
  • Luke 21:12-19

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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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