What Jesus Did! 'A Traitor in Our Midst' — Luke 9:43-45

Thursday, June 18, 2015

All the people were amazed at the great power of God. The people were still amazed about all the things Jesus did. Jesus said to his followers, "Don't forget the things I will tell you now: The Son of Man will soon be given into the control of some men." But the followers did not understand what Jesus meant. The meaning was hidden from them so that they could not understand it. But the followers were afraid to ask Jesus about what he said.
— Luke 9:43-45 NLT
Illustration of Luke 9:43-45 NLT — "Don't forget the things I will tell you now: The Son of Man will soon be given into the control of some men."

Key Thought

At this moment of glory in his ministry—Jesus has just been transfigured, has shown his healing power, and is being praised—Jesus reminds his disciples that treachery and betrayal lie ahead. While they could not understand it, they would remember it. Failure, even horrible and colossal failure, on the part of those we hold dear is always a possibility. We are flawed human beings who often fail each other. We must not let the total failure of those whom we admire destroy our faith. Jesus warned his disciples that his betrayal and death lay ahead and even though they could not understand it, they would remember and not be destroyed in their faith. We must not be destroyed by such things, either.

Today's Prayer

Father, the failure of those that I love and trust hurts so badly. Please don't let that keep me from the joy you have given me in Christian fellowship and the hope I have in you. Help me remember that many of Jesus' greatest servants failed at one time or another, and were redeemed and used powerfully by you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 22:31-32
  • John 21:15-21
  • 2 Corinthians 2:5-8

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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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