What Jesus Did! 'Checking Out Jesus' — Mark 3:7-8

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Jesus went away with his followers to the lake. Many people from Galilee followed him. Many, many people also came from Judea, from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from the area across the Jordan River, and from the area around Tyre and Sidon. These people came because they heard about all the things Jesus was doing.
— Mark 3:7-8 NLT
Illustration of Mark 3:7-8 NLT — Jesus went away with his followers to the lake.

Key Thought

So often the people who think they don't believe in Jesus have never been exposed to Jesus. Jesus meets us in many ways, but there are at least two ways that are crucial for most unbelievers. One of the most important ways for folks to meet Jesus is by experiencing him through the Gospel stories. (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John contain these Gospel stories in the New Testament.) A second way for outsiders to experience Jesus is through the presence of Jesus in the world today—through the compassion, care, and character of Jesus' Body, the people of his church. In both of these cases, the invitation is nearly always the same: "Come. See for yourself!" One of our biggest opportunities to bring people to Christ is to invite them to meet Jesus and not just trust what they've heard about him. So let's invite people to do this by giving away free copies of the Gospels to others (The Bible societies offer these very economically!), inviting them to appropriate movies, or giving them historically accurate video copies of Jesus' life. Let's invite folks to come "meet" Jesus and "see him for themselves."

Today's Prayer

Father, use me to invite people to come meet Jesus. Open my eyes to see those searching for him and fashion my life so that it is an appropriate example to them in their search. I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 1:35-39
  • John 1:43-46
  • John 7:16-17

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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.