“Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward to meet them” (John 18:4 NLT).


When the soldiers came in the cover of darkness with torches blazing and swords clanging, Jesus and his disciples might’ve easily escaped. Instead, Jesus fully realized that this was the moment for which he had come, so he stepped into the open to meet them. What determined courage! Jesus “fully realized all” they were going to do to him, yet he still boldly “stepped forward.”
The book of Hebrews calls us to consider Christ’s determined courage, so that we don’t “grow weary and lose heart” (Heb. 12:3). We can focus our eyes on Jesus who courageously “stepped forward” to save us. It is this Jesus who died to save us. And it is this Jesus who was raised and lives within us. So, when the Lord calls out, “Who will go for us?”, we can step forward and answer like the prophet Isaiah, “Here I am, send me.”
PRAYER: Father, thank you for Jesus. He is our all in all. Everything about Him is wonderful and strong. He is our Savior and our Champion. He is our ever-present Friend. Thank You Jesus that You “stepped forward” to save us! We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.