What Jesus Did! 'No Control Over the Christ' — Luke 13:31-33

Monday, August 31, 2015

At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said, "Go away from here and hide! Herod wants to kill you!" Jesus said to them, "Go tell that fox (Herod), 'Today and tomorrow I am forcing demons out of people and finishing my work of healing. Then, the next day, the work will be finished.' After that, I must go, because all prophets should die in Jerusalem."
— Luke 13:31-33 NLT
Illustration of Luke 13:31-33 NLT — "Go away from here and hide! Herod wants to kill you!"

Key Thought

God's will and Jesus' sense of mission will determine the timing, the place, and the extent of the Messiah's ministry. Herod's threats will not frighten or derail the Lord Jesus from his purpose. Like every great prophet, Jesus' destiny will be accomplished in Jerusalem. He will not be manipulated or controlled by political pressure, unfair opposition, or religious propriety. Jesus will walk his own way to accomplish God's will and fulfill his prophesied ministry.

Today's Prayer

Father, please give your servants of the Word all the courage, boldness, integrity, and passion they need to serve you effectively with integrity, righteousness, mercy, and grace. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Timothy 2:20-21
  • John 7:25-31
  • John 4:34


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.