What Jesus Did! 'Do What You Are Commanded' — Mark 1:43-44

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Jesus told the man to go. But Jesus warned him strongly. Jesus said, "Don't tell any person about what I did for you. But go and show yourself to the priest. And offer a gift to God because you have been healed. Offer the gift that Moses commanded. This will show people that you are healed."
— Mark 1:43-44 NLT
Illustration of Mark 1:43-44 NLT — "Don't tell any person about what I did for you.

Key Thought

"Offer the gift that Moses commanded." Two principles are at work here. First, the man cleansed of his leprosy needs to do what is required to regain the right to enter into daily public life. Second, his going to the priests would validate Jesus' authority over disease. Jesus is no charlatan. He is the comforting, validating, and affirming Lord and Savior we all need.

Today's Prayer

Holy God and precious Lord Jesus, help me see what I need to do to show those around me that you are not only my Lord, but that you want me to do what is right, good, honest, fair, and just. To you, O God, and to you, the triumphant Son, I offer my praise and thanks forever and ever. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 13:1-7
  • 1 Peter 2:13-15
  • Philippians 1:27; 3:20


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.