Daily Devotion for March 8, 2017

'I Am He'

John 18:1-11 NIV
When He had finished praying, Jesus left with His disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and He and His disciples went into it.
Now Judas, who betrayed Him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with His disciples. So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.
Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to Him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”
“Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.
“I am He,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground.
Again He asked them, “Who is it you want?”
“Jesus of Nazareth,” they said.
Jesus answered, “I told you that I am He. If you are looking for Me, then let these men go.” This happened so that the words He had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those You gave Me.”
Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)
Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given Me?”

Confession: I woke up this morning feeling heavily burdened by the MANY situations and fears I'm swimming in right now—situations I'm involved in but have no control over (in truth, it feels like my fears and the enemy are “guiding a detachment” to take me down, and they come “carrying torches, lanterns and weapons!”). Now I am much better, however—since the Lord had me read about another group who felt scared and out of control! After praying and reading John 18:1-11, I have been reminded of several truths that calmed the storm in my heart...

1) “Jesus left with His disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley...He and His disciples...” After reading these words, I was reminded that Jesus led His disciples—as He leads me. I never go alone: I follow and go “WITH” my Jesus...

2) “Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen...” After reading these words, I was reminded that although I don't know what's going on, Jesus DOES! He knows “ALL that” is “going to happen!”

3) “Jesus...went out...” After reading these words, my heart rejoiced in remembering Jesus “went out” before His disciples to protect them from those “carrying torches, lanterns and weapons,” just as He is going “out” before me! He protectively stands before me!

4) “Who is it you want?” …“Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied...“I am He”...These words reminded me that the enemy is after JESUS...and the enemy still wants to take down Christ, His work, His people...

5) “When Jesus said, 'I am He,' they drew back and fell to the ground.” These words reminded me that NOTHING can stand against my Lord and His plans! Moreover, when I remember who “He” is and when I abide in Him, my fears draw “back and (fall) to the ground!”

6) “let these men go”... These words reminded me that the Lord is the One in control! He is the One who commands—and His will WILL be done!

7) “I have not lost one of those You gave Me.” These words are a precious reminder that I cannot be lost—through faith in Christ I have been FOUND! I belong to Jesus forever—because God GAVE me to Him!

8) “Then Simon Peter...struck the...servant...Jesus commanded Peter, 'Put your sword away!' “These words reminded me that I am NOT to respond out of fear, nor am I to do what I think best—I am to obey the Lord and His commands. I am to wait on Him!

9) “Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given Me?” These words reminded me that this life is NOT about me, or about what I think is right, or about what I think is best—it's about “the Father,”His Kingdom, His plans, His glory, and His will being done...

Jesus, thank You for using this passage to calm my heart. May we Believers go out today with our fears drawn back and fallen to the ground! In addition, I ask that we be increasingly encouraged and empowered by Your Word. I ask this in Your mighty, powerful name, because You are "He!"

AMEN!

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