What Jesus Did! 'The Gift of Teaching' — John 7:53-8:2

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Then the meeting [of the Jewish leaders] broke up, and everybody went home. Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them.

Note: The oldest and best Greek copies of John do not have verses 7:53-8:11. Nevertheless, they are in nearly all translations because the content is certainly consistent with Jesus' ministry.

— John 7:53-8:2 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus gave people the gift of his teaching. His words were God's word. He spoke and embodied God's message. So when people gathered together, Jesus gave them his great gift of teaching. In this instance, he taught them with his words, and he also taught them with his life, his actions. Let's never underestimate the importance of learning the truth from Jesus, through both his words and his deeds, and let's never underestimate the importance of our deeds' being consistent with our words.

Today's Prayer

Almighty God and tender Shepherd, guide me into your truth. Conform me to the character of your Son Jesus. I especially ask for the help of your Holy Spirit to conform my lifestyle to the things that I believe to be true about Jesus. Help me to walk the talk and to put into practice the things I have learned. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 7:21-29
  • John 13:12-15
  • James 1:19-24

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Illustration of John 7:53-8:2 NLT —  Nevertheless, they are in nearly all translations because the content is certainly consistent with Jesus' ministry.

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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