What Jesus Did! 'Marvelous Doings of the Lord' — Mark Mark 12:10-11

Friday, August 26, 2016

"Surely you have read this Scripture: 'The stone that the builders did not want became the cornerstone. The Lord did this, and it is wonderful to us.'"
— Mark Mark 12:10-11
Illustration of Mark Mark 12:10-11 — "Surely you have read this Scripture: 'The stone that the builders did not want became the cornerstone. The Lord did this, and it is wonderful to us.'"

Key Thought

Jesus finishes his story by quoting a Scripture from the Old Testament that will become one of his early followers' favorite passages. The point of the quotation is simple: God can turn things around and do great things with what looks like rejection and disaster. This is precisely what God does. God raised his Son Jesus from the dead and vindicated his life, his ministry, and his teachings. What begins horribly—the Son being murdered and his body desecrated outside the city—ends in something marvelous—Jesus is raised and death is defeated. While we hate the rejection, the wounds, the humiliation and the death that Jesus endured, God has made this precious to us. It is marvelous grace.

Today's Prayer

My Father in heaven, the only one adequate response that I can give to all that you have given to me through your Son is thank you! However, dear Lord, I want that thank you to be more than words; I want to say thank you with all of my being and show my appreciation with the way that I live. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

Thanks be to God for his gift that is too wonderful to explain.

2 Corinthians 9:15

So Jesus is the One God raised from death, {not David}! We are all witnesses of this. We saw him! Jesus was lifted up to heaven. Now Jesus is with God, at God's right side. The Father (God) has now given the Holy Spirit to Jesus. The Holy Spirit is what God promised to give. So now Jesus is pouring out (giving) that Spirit. This is what you see and hear. David was not the one who was lifted up to heaven. {It was Jesus who was lifted up to heaven.} David himself said: 'The Lord (God) said to my Lord: Sit at my right side, until I put your enemies under your power. ' "So, all the Jewish people should know this truly: God has made Jesus to be Lord and Christ. He is the man you nailed to the cross!"

Acts 2:32-36

The Lord {Jesus} is the "stone " that lives. The people {of the world} decided they did not want that stone (Jesus). But he was the stone God chose. To God he was worth much. So come to him. You also are like living stones. God is using you to build a spiritual temple. You are to serve God in that temple as holy priests. You are to give spiritual sacrifices to God that he will accept because of Jesus Christ. The Scripture says: "Look, I have chosen a precious (valuable) cornerstone, and I put that stone in Zion ; the person that trusts in him will never be dissapointed." That stone (Jesus) is worth much to you people who believe. But to the people who don't believe, he is: "the stone that the builders decided they did not want. That stone became the most important stone." To people who don't believe, he is: "a stone that makes people stumble, a stone that makes people fall." People stumble because they don't obey what God says. This is what God planned to happen to those people. But you are chosen people. You are the King's priests. You are a holy nation of people. You are people who belong to God. God chose you to tell about the wonderful things he has done. He called (brought) you out of darkness (sin) into his wonderful light. At one time you were not God's people. But now you are God's people. In the past you had never received mercy. But now you have received mercy {from God}.

1 Peter 2:4-10

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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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