What Jesus Did! 'Search Away from the Truth' — John 9:26-27

Thursday, July 5, 2018

"But what did [Jesus] do?" [the Jewish leaders] asked. "How did he heal you?" "Look!" the man exclaimed. "I told you once. Didn't you listen? Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?"
— John 9:26-27 NLT
Illustration of John 9:26-27 NLT — "I told you once. Didn't you listen? Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?"

Key Thought

Sometimes folks make themselves the enemies of the truth because they don't want to discover it. The interchange between the authorities and the man who was healed reaches an absurd and almost humorous point. The authorities interrogate the healed man because they want to find some discrepancy in his story to discredit Jesus. They don't want the truth, so the healed man chides them for their repeated questions. This bitter irony helps us understand that the authorities reject Jesus because they have decided he is the enemy and so they must re-write the truth of his grace and power. Unfortunately, there are those who do the same thing with Jesus today. Their evil deeds have alienated them from the truth. We, however, must love them, pray for their hearts to be changed, and live as people with a Christ-like character looking for an opportunity to share the Savior's grace.

Today's Prayer

Father, I have friends who are far from your Kingdom. I know that some of them have hardened their hearts because they are caught up in sin. Please use me and my influence to bring them to Jesus. Please be actively at work in their lives to do all within your will to give them reasons to re-evaluate their lives and the way they are living. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Colossians 1:21-23
  • John 12:37-39
  • Ephesians 2:1-5

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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.

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