What Jesus Did! 'Sabbath Teaching' — Mark 1:21-22

Friday, January 15, 2016

Jesus and his followers went to Capernaum. On the Sabbath day Jesus went into the synagogue and taught the people. The people there were amazed at Jesus' teaching. Jesus did not teach like their teachers of the law. Jesus taught like a person that had authority (power).
— Mark 1:21-22 NLT
Illustration of Mark 1:21-22 NLT —  On the Sabbath day Jesus went into the synagogue and taught the people.

Key Thought

Jesus went to church! Well, not exactly church as we know it, but he did go to the assembly of God's people at the synagogue. Weren't there hypocrites, sinners, and worse in those meetings? Yes! But Jesus went to the synagogue because these people were searching for God, despite their failures and their problems. He used his visits as opportunities to teach the people. They recognized his authority. Do we? Are we responding to Jesus' words of comfort, challenge, and conviction?

Today's Prayer

Holy God and righteous Father, thank you for Jesus' example of going to meet with your people and blessing them with your truth. As I go to the assembly of folks who honor your name and praise Jesus for his sacrifice, I pray that you will still have Jesus' will and teaching be heard. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Corinthians 4:20
  • Luke 4:16-21
  • Luke 3:7-9


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.