Key Bible Verse: He now showed the disciples the full extent of his love. – John 13:1
Bonus Reading: John 21:15-19
[continued from yesterday] Yesterday’s reading is what I’d have wanted to say. But what did Jesus do?
He knew very well how most of the men He loved had treated Him. He’d put all His eggs in the basket of these disciples, and they, who’d watched His miracles, not only didn’t believe He’d be raised from the dead, but actually turned on Him. How did He respond?
His response grabs me. He looked at them and said, “I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).
In essence, He told them that the history of mankind was in their hands and that He had enough faith in them to pass the spiritual baton to all humanity through them.
How do you handle it when people fail you? Expressing confidence in people builds them up. Try complimenting, comforting, coaching, and expressing confidence, and see the changes your uplifting statements bring.
—Ron and Matt Jenson in Fathers and Sons
My Response: A person who might step up if given responsibility is …
Thought to Apply: People whom we trust tend to become trustworthy.—Solomon Freehof (rabbi, scholar)
Adapted from Fathers and Sons (Broadman & Holman, 1998)
Prayer for the Week: Lord, you received me when I was down and out. Help me to accept others in the same spirit.