What Jesus Did! 'From Peace to Passion' — John 20:21

Monday, December 17, 2018

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Again [Jesus] said, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you."
— John 20:21 NLT
Illustration of John 20:21 NLT — Again [Jesus] said, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you."

Key Thought

So often in our world, peace is a selfish retreat from the world. For Jesus, peace was something he received from his times of rest with his Father so he could go back and minister to the world. Jesus calls us to find our peace in him — a peace rooted in his defeat of death, his presence in us through his Holy Spirit, and his assurance of our future with him. That peace, however, should fuel our passion for doing the work of Jesus and for being sent by him into the world to bless it with his grace.

Today's Prayer

Father, please fuel my passion for touching the lost and broken around me with the grace of Jesus. Give me the peace of your dear Son so that I, too, will go to bless a fractured world. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 28:18-20
  • Acts 1:4-8
  • Colossians 1:28-29


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show 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.