What Jesus Did! 'Checking Out Jesus' — Mark 3:7-8

Tuesday February 16th, 2016

Jesus went away with his followers to the lake. Many people from Galilee followed him. Many, many people also came from Judea, from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from the area across the Jordan River, and from the area around Tyre and Sidon. These people came because they heard about all the things Jesus was doing.
— Mark 3:7-8

Key Thought

So often the people who think they don't believe in Jesus have never been exposed to Jesus. Jesus meets us in many ways, but there are at least two ways that are crucial for most unbelievers. One of the most important ways for folks to meet Jesus is by experiencing him through the Gospel stories. (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John contain these Gospel stories in the New Testament.) A second way for outsiders to experience Jesus is through the presence of Jesus in the world today—through the compassion, care, and character of Jesus' Body, the people of his church. In both of these cases, the invitation is nearly always the same: "Come. See for yourself!" One of our biggest opportunities to bring people to Christ is to invite them to meet Jesus and not just trust what they've heard about him. So let's invite people to do this by giving away free copies of the Gospels to others (The Bible societies offer these very economically!), inviting them to appropriate movies, or giving them historically accurate video copies of Jesus' life. Let's invite folks to come "meet" Jesus and "see him for themselves."

Today's Prayer

Father, use me to invite people to come meet Jesus. Open my eyes to see those searching for him and fashion my life so that it is an appropriate example to them in their search. I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus went away with his followers to the lake. Many people from Galilee followed him. Many, many people also came from Judea, from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from the area across the Jordan River, and from the area around Tyre and Sidon. These people came because they heard about all the things Jesus was doing. Jesus saw the many people. So he told his followers to get a small boat and make it ready for him. Jesus wanted the boat so that the many, many people would not push against him. Jesus had healed many people. So all the sick people were pushing toward him to touch him. Some people had evil spirits {from the devil} inside them. When the evil spirits saw Jesus, they bowed before him and shouted, "You are the Son of God!" But Jesus commanded the spirits strongly not to tell people who he was.

Mark 3:7-12

Related Scripture Readings

The next day John was there again. John had two of his followers with him. John saw Jesus walking by. John said, "Look, the Lamb of God !" The two followers heard John say this, so they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw the two men following him. Jesus asked, "What do you want?" The two men said, "Rabbi, where are you staying?" ("Rabbi" means "Teacher.") Jesus answered, "Come with me and you will see." So the two men went with Jesus. They saw the place where Jesus stayed. They stayed there with Jesus that day. It was about four o'clock.

John 1:35-39

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. Jesus found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Philip was from the town of Bethsaida, the same as Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and told him, "Remember what Moses wrote in the law. Moses wrote about a man that was coming. The prophets wrote about him too. We have found him. His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph. He is from Nazareth." But Nathanael said to Philip, "Nazareth! Can anything good come from Nazareth?" Philip answered, "Come and see."

John 1:43-46

Jesus answered, "The things I teach are not my own. My teaching comes from him (God) who sent me. If a person wants to do what God wants, then that person will know that my teaching comes from God. That person will know that this teaching is not my own.

John 7:16-17

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About this Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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