What Jesus Did! 'What Happens When You're Pleasing the Wrong Audience' — John 19:12

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

After this, Pilate tried to let Jesus go free. But the Jewish leaders yelled, "Any person who makes himself a king is against Caesar. So if you let this man (Jesus) go free, that means you are not Caesar's friend."
— John 19:12 NLT
Illustration of John 19:12 NLT — "Any person who makes himself a king is against Caesar. So if you let this man (Jesus) go free, that means you are not Caesar's friend."

Key Thought

Who is Pilate trying to please, God or the masses? Who are the masses trying to please, themselves or God? Who are you trying to please, yourself, your peers, or your Savior? Answering that last question is just as crucial for you as it was for the masses and for Pilate nearly two thousand years ago. Who you are trying to please will either consecrate you or corrupt you! So choose this day to live to please the Lord—not only is it the right way to live, it has eternal benefits!

Today's Prayer

O Father in heaven, I have no idea how many days you have left for me to live. However, I do know that today, I choose to live to please you and reflect your character and grace in my life. My heart's desire is to consciously make that same choice each day. Please guard my heart from evil, arrogance, selfishness, pride, deceit, lust, or any other corrupting force Satan might use to gain a stronghold in my life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Deuteronomy 24:14-15
  • Exodus 20:2-3
  • 1 Timothy 2:1-5

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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.

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.