When the Temple guards returned without having arrested Jesus, the leading priests and Pharisees demanded, "Why didn't you bring him in?" "We have never heard anyone speak like this!" the guards responded.
— John 7:45-46 NLT
I love to listen to the accents of people from different parts of the world as they speak. In a world with so many words — spoken, written, plastered on signs, blasted over radio waves, printed in newspapers and magazines, sent through cyberspace — it is nice to hear something different. Then, every-once-in-a-great-while, someone comes along and speaks something in a fresh way; the words and accent are not just new, but the message is also refreshing and startling. Jesus spoke with startling freshness. His message was not just new, but also powerful. It had behind it the breath of heaven and the ring of truth that resonated in people's souls. It had the power to change hearts, alter circumstances, and force out darkness. While we live thousands of years later, if we will listen for his voice as we read his story, we too can be touched and transformed. We too can say, "We have never heard anyone speak like this!"
God of truth and grace, thank you for speaking to us in Jesus. I thank you for the message you spoke when you sent him to our world. I thank you for the very words he spoke while he was here. Make those words come alive in my heart as I read them. Transform me and refresh me through their power as I pledge my best to honor those words with my obedience. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- John 6:63-69
- John 7:16-17
- Mark 1:27-28
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.
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