What Jesus Did! 'The Legacy of John' — John 10:39-42

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Jewish leaders tried to get Jesus again. But Jesus escaped from them. Then Jesus went back across the Jordan River. Jesus went to the place where John was baptizing before. Jesus stayed there, and many people came to him. The people said, "John never did a miracle. But everything John said about this man (Jesus) is true." And many people there believed in Jesus.
— John 10:39-42 NLT
Illustration of John 10:39-42 NLT — "John never did a miracle. But everything John said about this man (Jesus) is true."

Key Thought

Isn't it amazing the power a godly legacy has on the hearts of those who loved the one who left them the legacy? John the Baptist is dead, but his teaching is very much alive. He told great things about Jesus. He helped prepare the way for the Messiah, his cousin from Nazareth. Even though Herod had John killed, his voice and influence weren't stilled. While none of us will probably ever be a John the Baptist to a host of people, we all can be like John to a few folks. We can be people of character who help them find Jesus. That's a legacy that can live for generations and make an eternal difference in the lives that follow us!

Today's Prayer

Father, glorious God of the ages, please use me to lead others to Jesus. Help me make a difference in the lives of those around. Use me to be a John the Baptist to those in my influence. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 1:6-9, 15
  • John 1:19-28
  • 2 Timothy 3:10-17


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.