What Jesus Did! 'Stand Firm!' — Luke 21:12-19

Thursday, November 26, 2015

"But before all these things happen, people will arrest you and do bad things to you. People will judge you in their synagogues and put you in jail. You will be forced to stand before kings and governors. People will do all these things to you because you follow me. But this will give you an opportunity to tell about me. Don't worry about what you will say. I will give you the wisdom to say things that none of your enemies can answer. Even your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends will turn against you. They will kill some of you. All people will hate you because you follow me. But none of these things can really harm you. You will save yourselves by continuing strong in your faith through all these things."
— Luke 21:12-19 NLT
Illustration of Luke 21:12-19 NLT —  You will be forced to stand before kings and governors.

Key Thought

If Jesus' first point in previous verses was that the Temple would be destroyed and that we need to invest in what is permanent, his second point as presented in these verses is equally important: remain firm and we will be saved!

Today's Prayer

Holy and loving Father, please give me the strength I need to stand firm in my faith no matter what outward circumstances may surround me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Corinthians 16:13
  • Colossians 1:21-23
  • Hebrews 3:14


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.