What Jesus Did! 'It Is Time!' — Luke 22:35-38

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Then Jesus said to the apostles, "I sent you {to tell people about God}. I sent you without money, a bag, or shoes. But did you need anything?" The apostles said, "No." Jesus said to them, "But now if you have money or a bag, carry that with you. If you don't have a sword, sell your coat and buy one. The Scripture says: 'People said he was a criminal.' This Scripture must happen. It was written about me, and it is happening now." The followers said, "Look, Lord, here are two swords!" Jesus said to them, "That's enough!"
— Luke 22:35-38 NLT
Illustration of Luke 22:35-38 NLT — "That's enough!"

Key Thought

Jesus knows it is now time for him to face the path of suffering and rejection. The disciples don't have a clue about what is going to happen to him even though he has repeatedly warned them. In other words, Jesus knows he must face his suffering and rejection alone and abandoned. For us today, this story can be a great comfort for two reasons. First, Jesus understands what it means to be abandoned by friends and left to face suffering and rejection all alone. When we face that kind of challenge, we can trust that he understands our pain and we know that he will never abandon us. Second, because the disciples blow it and yet the Lord re-makes and reclaims them so they are useful to the Kingdom, we can know that our own lapses do not disqualify us from being useful to him. If we are genuinely repentant, he can re-make and reclaim us as well.

Today's Prayer

Heavenly Father, I sincerely hate that Jesus had to die for my sins and face his horrors all alone, without his friends to support him. Yet, dear God, I am comforted in those times that I feel alone to face my problems because I know he cares, understands, and stands with me in those moments of trial. In addition, dear God, I thank you that, just as he re-made his disciples after their time of weakness, he has remade me and continues to transform me to be more like him. I praise you for your plan of grace and I praise your Son and my Savior for his sacrificial and steadfast love. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 8:31-39
  • Mark 14:45-50
  • Hebrews 13:5b-6


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.