"You men have stayed with me through many struggles. My Father has given me a kingdom. I also give you authority to rule with me. You will eat and drink at my table in my kingdom. You will sit on thrones and judge the twelve tribes (family groups) of Israel."
— Luke 22:28-30 NLT
While most, if not all, of Jesus' disciples will forsake him and run away during his arrest, trial, and crucifixion, they have been true to him through his ministry to this point. He lets them know that they have places of honor in the coming Kingdom. While they may not know all that will happen in that Kingdom, they do know that they will be in the presence of the Lord, will eat at his table, will reign on thrones, and will judge the 12 tribes of Israel. While their earthly struggles are great and their rewards in this life seem paltry, Jesus assures them that they will reign with him in glory.
Father, give me the faith to wait for the dawning of your day of victory. Help me to not give up when I'm discouraged. Keep me passionate as I seek to serve you with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength. I know that all that I offer to you will be small in the face of all that awaits me in your presence. In Jesus' name I praise and thank you. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Romans 8:15-21
- 1 Corinthians 6:3
- Luke 18:28-30
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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