What Jesus Did! 'Striking the Mark' — Mark 12:12

Saturday, August 27, 2016

These Jewish leaders heard this story that Jesus told. They knew that this story was about them. So they wanted to find a way to arrest Jesus. But they were afraid of the people. So the Jewish leaders left Jesus and went away.
— Mark 12:12
Illustration of Mark 12:12 —  So the Jewish leaders left Jesus and went away.

Key Thought

Sadly, rather than repenting when they heard Jesus' story, the leaders resolved more intently to kill Jesus. Their problem, however, was that Jesus was incredibly well liked among the people. So they left Jesus and went away. How sad! Salvation, redemption, love, grace, and power were within their grasp and they turned away. Unfortunately many people do the same thing today.

Today's Prayer

God, my Abba Father, please help me to never leave Jesus. Please help me to never move away from him because I don't want to change my lifestyle, my basic beliefs, or my comforts to follow him. Give me a heart that seeks after you and your truth no matter the costs. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

After Jesus said these things, many of his followers left him. They stopped following Jesus. Jesus asked the twelve apostles, "Do you want to leave too?"

John 6:66-67

The leading priests and the teachers of the law heard these things. They began trying to find a way to kill Jesus. They were afraid of Jesus because all the people were amazed at his teaching.

Mark 11:18

There were many Jews that came to visit Mary. They saw what Jesus did. And many of these Jews believed in Jesus. But some of the Jews went to the Pharisees. They told the Pharisees what Jesus did. Then the leading priests and Pharisees called a meeting of the Jewish council. They said, "What should we do? This man (Jesus) is doing many miracles. If we let him continue doing these things, all the people will believe in him. Then the Romans will come and take away our temple and our nation." One of the men there was Caiaphas. He was the high priest that year. Caiaphas said, "You people know nothing! It is better for one man to die for the people than for the whole nation to be destroyed. But you don't realize this." Caiaphas did not think of this himself. He was high priest that year. So he was really prophesying that Jesus would die for the Jewish people. Yes, Jesus would die for the Jewish people. But Jesus would also die for God's other children that were scattered {in all the world}. He would die to bring them all together and make them one people.

John 11:45-52

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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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