What Jesus Did! 'Surely!' — John 6:14

Sunday, April 24, 2022

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When the people saw [Jesus perform the miraculous sign of feeding more than 5,000], they exclaimed, "Surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!"
— John 6:14 NLT

Key Thought

The people were "wowed"! They recognized something incredible had happened. When they first saw the miraculous sign, they were convinced that something great was going on. But their reaction didn't last long as this was the "miracle on demand" crowd. [1] Unfortunately, they let their praises die down and their desire to see another "miracle show" rev up.

God still does mighty things among us today. When he does them, let's praise him. Even when we endure a season where he doesn't appear to be working, let's remember that he is still at work even if the things he does remain unseen. Let's be drawn closer to him — not to see another mighty deed, but to give him our hearts. The mighty deeds will come in God's time, not ours. So instead of focusing on our expectations, let's focus on God's incredible work among us!

[1] John 6:30.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for your mighty deeds throughout history. Thank you for your mighty deeds in my life as well. I can see only an incredibly small glimpse of all that you have done, and yet I am awe-struck, and I praise you. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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  • Luke 7:11-16
  • Matthew 16:13-16


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Illustration of John 6:14 NLT — When the people saw [Jesus perform the miraculous sign of feeding more than 5,000], they exclaimed, "Surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!"

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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