What Jesus Did! 'Fear Loses Out to Love' — John 19:38

Friday, December 7, 2018

Later, a man named Joseph from Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. (Joseph was a follower of Jesus. But he did not tell people, because he was afraid of the Jewish leaders.) Pilate said that Joseph could take the body of Jesus. So Joseph came and took Jesus' body away.
— John 19:38 NLT
Illustration of John 19:38 NLT —  So Joseph came and took Jesus' body away.

Key Thought

Fear has incredible power over us. Fear can paralyze us into inaction. Fear can make us uncertain about what steps to take. Fear can make us pull away from a friendship. Fear has incredible power to destroy our integrity and our fortitude. However, fear loses out ultimately to love. Love has a power over us to move us and motivate in ways that fear cannot. Joseph had only more reason to fear, but love wins out over his fear. Are you not sure about your fear of rejection as a rejection? Are you not certain you can stand up to ridicule or ostracism? Working on your courage is not nearly as important as seeking to know Jesus in your life. After all, that's why John wrote this gospel—so all of us Josephs would come to love Jesus for what he did for us and be emboldened by love to do what courage cannot do and fear cannot stop. Learn to love Jesus for what he did for you... for what he is doing in you... and what he will do!

Today's Prayer

O Father, God of the heavens and King over all, please help me know Jesus more passionately through your Word which reveals him in the Gospels, through your Spirit who is working to conform me to his character, and through my experience of Jesus in my daily walk with him. I pray in the name and the power and because of my love for Jesus. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 20:30-31
  • 1 John 5:11-13
  • 2 Peter 1:2-4

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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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