What Jesus Did! 'The Power to Make Better!' — Luke 4:40-41

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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When the sun went down, the people brought their sick friends to Jesus. They had many different kinds of sickness. Jesus put his hands on each sick person and healed them. Demons came out of many people. The demons shouted, "You are the Son of God." But Jesus gave a strong command for the demons not to speak, because they knew Jesus was the Christ.
— Luke 4:40-41 NLT
Illustration of Luke 4:40-41 NLT — "You are the Son of God."

Key Thought

If you've ever had a loved one who hurt, you know what a precious gift it is to be able to make things better and what a maddening frustration it is when you can't help at all. Jesus could make things better—not just a few things, but all things. Disease, demons, and even death were impotent to stop his power of making things better. His words, the touch of his hand, and power of his presence brought healing, deliverance, and comfort. Even now, he longs for us to invite him into our lives, into our problems, so he can make things better for us. While all our short-term, physical problems won't necessarily go away, they will dim in the light of his presence and his promise to bring us through them and bring us his ultimate blessing.

Today's Prayer

Dear Jesus, you are welcome in my life. I need your presence as I seek to deal with the hurt, anger, frustration, fears, difficulties, and troubles that I face. Please know that I want you to be at work in my life doing your will and leading me in the direction you want me to go. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 8:18
  • Romans 8:28-30
  • Romans 8:31-39


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.