What Jesus Did! 'Fascination with the Savior' — Luke 9:7-9

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Governor Herod heard about all these things that were happening. He was confused because some people said, "John the Baptizer is risen from death." Other people said, "Elijah has come to us." And some other people said, "One of the prophets from long ago has risen from death." Herod said, "I cut off John's head. So who is this man I hear these things about?" Herod continued trying to see Jesus.
— Luke 9:7-9 NLT
Illustration of Luke 9:7-9 NLT — "I cut off John's head. So who is this man I hear these things about?"

Key Thought

Despite the fact that Jesus didn't do his miracles to impress people, the miracles were impressive. They were so impressive that Herod learned about them. He was curious and fascinated. Those with whom Jesus is compared are also impressive. However, Jesus isn't trying to be impressive; instead, Jesus wants to be the Lord and Savior of all people. He doesn't want to be fascinating, but liberating. He came to seek and to save the lost, not gain a reputation as a great miracle worker. Like their Savior, Christians need to be redemptive rather than trying to be impressive.

Today's Prayer

Holy Father, thank you that Jesus didn't settle for an impressive reputation among the crowds or for popularity with the politically important. I am so thankful that he chose to invest himself in the lives of all sorts of people to make your grace known to folks like me. Thank you! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 16:13-20
  • Mark 10:42-45
  • Luke 7:18-23


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.