What Jesus Did! 'Not of This World' — John 18:33-36

Friday, November 16, 2018

Then Pilate went back inside the palace. Pilate called Jesus to him. He asked Jesus, "Are you the king of the Jews?" Jesus said, "Is that your own question, or did other people tell you about me?" Pilate said, "I am not a Jew! It was your own people and their leading priests that brought you before me. What have you done wrong?" Jesus said, "My kingdom does not belong to this world. If it belonged to this world, then my servants would fight so that I would not be given to the Jewish leaders. But my kingdom is from another place."
— John 18:33-36 NLT
Illustration of John 18:33-36 NLT — "My kingdom does not belong to this world. If it belonged to this world, then my servants would fight so that I would not be given to the Jewish leaders. But my kingdom is from another place."

Key Thought

The crux of the major issue for Jesus' life is found in one statement: "But my Kingdom is not of this world." Jesus lived by a sense of heavenly timing. Jesus lived to honor his Father in heaven by doing his Father's will and fulfilling his Father's work. He taught values that were upside down to the way the world worked. Why? Because his Kingdom was a heavenly Kingdom. Because his goal was to bring heaven's glory to life in earthly people. Jesus was no threat to Pilate, the Emperor, or Herod because he had no desire for their palaces or places; he wanted their hearts to be changed and their lives to reflect the heart of heaven. Jesus is not a threat to you either. He wants your heart—not so that he can conquer you, but so that he can glorify you and make you ready for a home with him. Is Jesus your king? Is Jesus' Kingdom your passion?

Today's Prayer

Holy and loving God, my Abba Father, thank you for blessing me with citizenship in your Kingdom. Reign over my heart and use me for your glory for "Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever!" In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Philippians 3:20-21
  • Hebrews 12:18-29
  • Matthew 6:7-13

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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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