What Jesus Did! 'They Hung on Every Word' — Luke 19:45-48

Friday, November 13, 2015

Jesus went into the temple area. He began to throw out the people that were selling things there. Jesus said, "It is written {in the Scriptures}, 'My house will be a house of prayer.' But you have changed it into a 'hiding place for thieves.'" Jesus taught the people in the temple area every day. The leading priests, the teachers of the law, and some of the leaders of the people wanted to kill Jesus. But all the people were listening closely to Jesus. They were very interested in the things Jesus said. So the leading priests, the teachers of the law, and the leaders did not know how they could kill Jesus.
— Luke 19:45-48 NLT
Illustration of Luke 19:45-48 NLT — "It is written {in the Scriptures}, 'My house will be a house of prayer.' But you have changed it into a 'hiding place for thieves.'"

Key Thought

Those in power wanted to shut Jesus up; they were so adamant about it, they plotted to kill him. However, the everyday folks heard the voice of God in Jesus' words and they hung on every word he said. Our trip through the Gospel of Luke this year has been based upon our need to hear the voice of Jesus and to know his ministry first hand. So often in our world today, people will read a best selling Christian author before they will read their Bible. They will read books about Jesus rather than reading the Gospels that the Holy Spirit provided us to know the story of Jesus. I want to issue you a challenge: join me in using these last six weeks of this year to read through each of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) at least once. Hang on Jesus' every word. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you know Jesus more so you can become like Jesus more completely.

Today's Prayer

O righteous and holy Father, God of all creation, please reveal your Son to me and in me as I seek to know him better in the closing weeks of this year. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
  • John 1:36-41
  • John 5:32-40

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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.

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.