What Jesus Did! 'Blinded by the Wrong' — John 19:31

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

This day was Preparation day. The next day was a special Sabbath day. The Jewish leaders did not want the bodies to stay on the cross on the Sabbath day. So they asked Pilate to order that the legs of the men be broken {to make them die sooner}. And they asked that the bodies of the men be taken down from the crosses.
— John 19:31 NLT
Illustration of John 19:31 NLT —  And they asked that the bodies of the men be taken down from the crosses.

Key Thought

Have you ever caught yourself doing something awful and wrong just so you could carry out your sense of religious ritual? Most of us have! I can remember the time I came upon a car full of young Christian women who had run out of gas on the way to church. Hundreds had passed them, but none had offered to stop and help them. Ironically, they were all going to teach children's Bible classes, and most likely, some who passed them by were irritated that their child's teacher was late. Or how about the service staff at places where Christians eat on Sunday? Did you know that Sunday is the day most servers hate to work because "church people's" tips are low and they tend to be rude and demanding? While comparing those two things with advice to speed up death for criminals is a stretch, these events do remind us that we have huge blind spots about the confession of our faith and our living it. Jesus was adamant that we live our faith better than we talk it. How are you doing on that score? What one thing can you do to live the Gospel more fully today, and the days ahead?

Today's Prayer

Forgive me, dear Heavenly Father, for being a better religious talker than I am a Christ-like servant. Convict my heart of what I need to do and give me a soft and courageous heart to do it with boldness and grace. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 23:1-4
  • Matthew 7:21-27
  • Matthew 28:18-20


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.