What Jesus Did! 'Don't Cling to Me, Go Tell' — John 20:17-18

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Jesus said to her, "Don't hold me. I have not yet gone back up to the Father. But go to my brothers (followers) and tell them this: 'I am going back to my Father and your Father. I am going back to my God and your God.'" Mary Magdalene went to the followers and told them, "I saw the Lord!" And she told them the things Jesus said to her.
— John 20:17-18 NLT
Illustration of John 20:17-18 NLT —  But go to my brothers (followers) and tell them this: 'I am going back to my Father and your Father.

Key Thought

The biggest task we have as Jesus' disciples is to not cling to Jesus—to cocoon ourselves in church and in the presence of the Lord—at the expense of going to tell others about him. We have a message of hope and a never-ending life to share with others who are trapped in hopelessness and despair. As disciples, we are not to spend the majority of our time in holy pep rallies, but in the world, touching its hurt and offering it hope in a Jesus who lives in us and can live in them. Jesus accompanies us when we go share that message and go serve those who are broken just as much as he does when we meet together as his people. So let's get out there and give others his message in word and deed.

Today's Prayer

Father, forgive me for being part of a watered down faith that spends so much time on sharing Jesus with itself and avoids entering the world to serve as Jesus served and to show that Jesus is alive today by our actions. Help me share Jesus' message with those around me, not arrogantly or self-righteously, but with genuine concern and through authentic service. In Jesus' name, and for Jesus' sake, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 18:20
  • Matthew 25:31-40
  • 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.