But Jesus said to [James and John], "... Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink? Are you able to be baptized with the baptism of suffering I must be baptized with?"
"Oh yes," they replied, "we are able!"
Then Jesus told them, "You will indeed drink from my bitter cup and be baptized with my baptism of suffering."
— Mark 10:38-39 NLT
James and John both paid huge prices for their faith in Jesus. James was martyred early in the history of the church (Acts 12:1-2). John, on the other hand, was exiled to the island of Patmos (Revelation 1:9), where he saw visions of what lay ahead for the church in Asia Minor — it was a time of persecution, apostasy, and challenge. James and John each gave his life in a different way to follow the Master who saw greatness in sacrifice and not in human success. O that we might have the courage to do as they each did, faithfully serving the Lord no matter what challenges face us in our lives.
O God, you are worthy of my life. You gave it to me at my conception. I pray that you will use it to your glory. And I trust, dear Father, that you will keep it for eternity. In Jesus' name, I confess my trust in you. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Philippians 1:19-24
- Acts 12:1-4
- Revelation 1:9
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
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