What Jesus Did! 'We Must Go' — Matthew 26:45-46

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Then Jesus went back to the followers and said, "You are still sleeping and resting? The time has come for the Son of Man to be given to sinful people. Stand up! We must go. Here comes the man that is giving me {to my enemies}."
— Matthew 26:45-46 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 26:45-46 NLT — "You are still sleeping and resting? The time has come for the Son of Man to be given to sinful people. Stand up! We must go. Here comes the man that is giving me {to my enemies}."

Key Thought

Must!
It's a hard word, isn't it. "You must do this ..." "You must do that ..." Must!
Jesus knows this is "must" time for him. He has earnestly prayed. The Father's will is now made clear to him. "The time has come for the Son of Man to be handed over to sinful people. Get up, we must go." (NCV cf. Matthew 16:21)
But the must for Jesus was much stronger. That's what the prayer in Gethsemane was all about. Was it a "God must" that he follow the path that will unfold? Yes! It was the Father's will. It was the divine necessity. It was a "God must" that Jesus will now fulfill.
In our time, we will receive very few "musts" that are "God musts." But these divine necessities are irrevocable and immutable for us just as Jesus' "must" was for him. If only we can embrace this divine path of obedience with the faithfulness that he did.
With his help, we will!

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous God, I want my life to be a holy praise offered up to you. I want to obey your will and uphold your truth. Please give me the wisdom to know those "divine musts" in my life and the courage to embrace them as faithfully as Jesus did. In the name of your obedient Son and my Savior I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 2:14-18
  • Luke 2:46-49
  • Mark 8:31-32

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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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