What Jesus Did! 'First!' — Luke 17:25

Saturday, October 12, 2019

"But first, the Son of Man must suffer many things and be killed by the people of this time."
— Luke 17:25 NLT
Illustration of Luke 17:25 NLT — "But first, the Son of Man must suffer many things and be killed by the people of this time."

Key Thought

Before Jesus can reign as King, he must first suffer and be rejected! Jesus' glory will come after the Cross. Our deliverance comes only at the cost of Jesus' rejection. Our salvation depends upon Jesus' sacrificial suffering. We are saved, we are made a part of God's eternal Kingdom, and we are given glory at a terribly high price. Yet Jesus willingly pays that price for us and redeems us from sin and death! Jesus suffers first. Jesus is rejected first. Jesus dies first. Jesus loves first. Only then does God come and ask us to bow before him and confess him as Lord.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for going first. Thank you for not waiting until I honored you to sacrifice for me. I realize that my love for you, my submission to you, and my sacrifices for you come only after you have given me everything. Please accept my love, submission, and sacrifices even though they are but a poor reflection of what you have already done for me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 5:6-11
  • John 1:9-13
  • 1 John 4:9-10


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.