The temple police went back to the leading priests and the Pharisees. The priests and the Pharisees asked, "Why did you not bring Jesus?" The temple police answered, "The things he says are greater than the words of any person we've ever heard!"
— 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, hung 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; their words and accent are not just new, their message is refreshing and startling. Jesus spoke with startling freshness. His message was not just new, but powerful. It had behind it the breath of heaven and the ring of truth that resonated in people's souls. It also had 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 talk 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 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.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.