What Jesus Did! 'Predictable Pattern, Eager Listeners' — Luke 21:37-38

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During the day, Jesus taught the people in the temple area. At night he went out of the city and stayed all night on the Mount of Olives. Every morning all the people got up early to go listen to Jesus at the temple.
— Luke 21:37-38 NLT
Illustration of Luke 21:37-38 NLT —  Every morning all the people got up early to go listen to Jesus at the temple.

Key Thought

Jesus found eager listeners. His habit during this last week in Jerusalem was predictable. If folks wanted to find him, they could. The Mount of Olives was his place of rest and prayer. The Temple was his location during the day. The people could find him, and they did. They drew near to listen to him. Little did they know they were hearing his last words. But, we know they were his last words before his fretful hours with the disciples and his trip to the Cross. So let's draw near and listen carefully and ask God to help us hear what was on Jesus' heart. Let us give thanks that God has chosen to reveal himself to us in such a human way.

Today's Prayer

Father, how can I thank you for letting me overhear the last words of Jesus as he speaks to the crowds in the Temple, goes to the Mount of Olives, and ultimately goes to the Cross? Help me to not only hear his words, but also to be touched and changed by them. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 14:34-15:1
  • Luke 5:1
  • Luke 9:28-36

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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.