Reading: John 18
One thing I have been struck with over and over again while reading John is “what would I have done?” Sometimes I think when reading the Bible we forget that the people we are reading about didn’t have the Bible yet (at least not as we know it).
When Jesus said he would destroy the temple and raise it in three days in John 2:19, they didn’t have John 20 to know he meant himself. When Jesus said you must eat my flesh and drink my blood in John 6, they didn’t have “The Last Supper” references to know what He was talking about. If I didn’t know the end of the story, would I have deserted Jesus along the way like so many others? Would I have called Him “demon-possessed?” Would I have said He was speaking blasphemy? Or would I have believed? Would I have fought for Him in the garden? Would I have been like Peter and in a time of unrest and uncertainty, would I have denied I even knew Him? Would I have been in the crowds who praised His miracles one day and the next called for the release of a murderer and the crucifixion of a King?
I don’t know.
I like to think I would have believed. I like to think I would have followed Him to the end and beyond and who knows, maybe I would have.
Would Jesus’ words have been enough, are they enough?
You may not know what you would have done, but what are you going to do? In a time where we have the whole Word of God, where we know the end of the story, what will you do today? Will you fight for Him in your workplace? Will you deny Him to your friends? Will you listen to his words?
Contributed by Paige