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He Willingly Goes

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Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you knew what you needed to do but didn’t want to do it? Then you think about all the scenarios of how it could go wrong? In these times, at least for me, I unwillingly go into whatever it is I’m supposed to do. Usually, I agreed to do something previously; but now that the day has arrived, I’m just not feeling up to my obligation anymore. So, more often than not, I begrudgingly carry out my commitment.   

In John 18:1-13, we read about the betrayal and arrest of Jesus. Not exactly inspirational reading at first glance. But after closer inspection, one fact that stands out to me the most is that despite the betrayal of Judas or the fact that He knows He’s facing taking on the sin of the world, Jesus willingly goes. 

Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.” (John 18:8 ESV)

Knowing how horrible the next few days would be, Jesus still willingly goes. What a beautiful reminder that Jesus loves us so much that He would lay His own life down so that we could be in community forever with Him!

A few verses later, in John 18:11, 

So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?” 

Again, despite knowing what He’s walking to, Jesus willingly goes into the situation so that His Father’s will would be done! For me, this is a good reminder that my actions and words should glorify God. When I begrudgingly go to fulfill a commitment I made, does my attitude or the posture of my heart bring glory to God? Probably not. 

Father, help us to have the frame of mind that reflects your Son’s. Help us to serve and bring honor to You in all of our words, thoughts, and actions. Remind us of the sacrifice that Jesus made and how He willingly went to the cross for us. In His name. Amen. 


Scripture is quoted from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®). ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing  inistry of Good News Publishers. The ESV® text has been reproduced in cooperation with and by permission of Good News Publishers. Unauthorized reproduction of this publication is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Maria Stockman

Maria is a Digital Copywriter at CBN who is passionate about using her writing to present the gospel and encourage someone to take the next step in their relationship with Jesus! In addition, she's an avid sports, fitness, and holistic health fan who lives outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband and son.

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