John 15:11; 16:1, 4, 33 (MSG)

I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy…so that you won’t abandon your faith…so that when they happen, you will remember my warning…so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, I have overcome the world.

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Surrender to Peace

As Jesus walked with His disciples from the place of the Last Supper and through the darkened street of Jerusalem toward the Garden of Gethsemane, He continued to press into their hearts important truths to sustain them in the coming hours. Jesus wanted them to possess joy, not to be shocked or demoralized by the imminent disaster. He wanted them to remember His words when the crisis came. He wanted them to enjoy peace in spite of outward turmoil.

The hour was late and the disciples were tired, but Jesus led them to Gethsemane, a favorite place to pray. He went there with full knowledge that Judas had bargained with the priests for His betrayal and would look for Him in this familiar place. Hours had elapsed between the dismissal of Judas from the upper room and the actual arrest in the garden.

Jesus could have left Jerusalem and been well on His way across the river to some hiding place where the authorities could not find Him. Instead, He went deliberately to the place where Judas would bring them. He waited and prayed while the disciples fell asleep. And when the mob finally arrived, Jesus walked boldly out to meet them. It was a conscious surrender, indicative of His entire attitude toward fulfilling the Father’s will. There was no need to fight, no need of any tirade against Judas. His hour had come and He was surrendered to His Father’s divine purpose.

As followers of Jesus, when we go through hard times, we must remember that He is leading the way. There is joy to sustain us. There is no need to abandon our faith for it was made for times like these when life doesn’t make sense. The Holy Spirit provides peace as we surrender to our Father’s will and rest in knowing that the Lord has the final word in our lives.

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    Ron Lively

    I’m glad to see the Daily Devotion back . Thanks

    WEAG Communications Author

    You are welcome, Ron. We sure wish we could do a video one every day as we do for Holy Week. Though only five minutes long, each takes hours to produce and publish. But, you can count on the written posts and we love that we now have commenting capabilities for discussion about any devotion.

    Brsnda J. Gilliam

    Wow! This is powerful. I have read this scripture many times, but somehow it really resonated with me today that Jesus calls us friends if we obey His commands. I always thought of nyself as servant, You reminded us that Jesus called His disciples (us) friends rather than servants because servants don’t know their master’s business, and He has revealed tto us what His Father has revealed to Him. Tbank you for sharing this message today and thank all pastors for the devotions this Holy week.

    Trish Wyatt

    Jeremy well said. Loved this devotion. Sometimes it’s so hard to love others like that. And I can relate to needing approval of others. Thanks

    Carolyn McCrocklin

    Wonderful devotion! An amazing spiritual blessing indeed!
    Joyful Easter!

    Richard A Utterback, II

    Thus far, the greatest influence on my soul on this day, the most pertinent message has been expertly portrayed by Pastor Jeremy. All pastors at WEAG are expertly qualified to lead, but personally, the love message ministers. Some other Word will minister another day.

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