Jesus Betrayed | Daily Devotional
January 30, 2022
My friend wrote a letter to his newborn child that he wanted him to read when he was older: ‘My dear boy, Daddy and Mummy wish that you will find and stay focused on the Light.
Your Chinese name is xin xuan. Xin means faithfulness, contentment, and integrity; xuan stands for warmth and light.’ He and his wife carefully chose a name based on their hopes for their baby boy.
Peter was called the church of Jesus Christ
When Jesus renamed Simon as Peter-Cephas (John 1:42), it wasn’t a random choice. Peter means ‘the rock.’ But it took a while for him to live up to his new name. The account of his life reveals him as a fisherman known for his rash ways—a shifting-sand kind of guy.
Peter disagreed with Jesus (Matt. 16:22-23), struck a man with a sword (John 18:10-11), and even denied knowing Jesus (John 18:15-27). But in Acts, we read that God worked in and through him to establish His church. Peter truly became a rock. If you, like Peter, are a follower of Jesus, you have a new identity.
In Acts 11:26, we read, ‘The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.’ The name ‘Christians’ means ‘Christ-ones.’ You now are one of the Christ-ones. This title lifts up who you are and calls you to become what you are not yet. God is faithful, and He will complete His good work in you (Phil. 1:6).
Today’s reading records a call to discipleship. After John the Baptist identified Jesus as the ‘Lamb of God,’ two of his disciples followed Jesus. Andrew is named, but the second spiritual seeker is not. Many commentators believe that the apostle John is the second disciple.
Notice the easy conversation which takes place between the two disciples and Christ. He asks what they seek. They inquire about where He is staying, and He invites them to come and see. The tenth hour by Jewish reckoning was 4:00 p.m. Obviously, the day was coming to an end. Andrew became so excited about Jesus’ invitation that he went to find his brother Simon and brought him to meet the Master.