What Jesus Did! 'We Need Jesus!' — Mark 5:21-23

Monday, March 28, 2016

Jesus went in the boat back across to the other side of the lake. There, many people gathered around him by the lake. A leader of the synagogue came to that place. His name was Jairus. Jairus saw Jesus and bowed down before him. Jairus begged and begged Jesus. He said, "My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her. Then she will be healed and will live."
— Mark 5:21-23 NLT
Illustration of Mark 5:21-23 NLT — "My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her. Then she will be healed and will live."

Key Thought

Desperation leads us to do dramatic things! While the people flock to Jesus, the religious leaders are reluctant to put their faith in him and are often hostile to him. Jairus is different. He knows he needs Jesus. He demonstrates his need for Jesus. He pleads with Jesus because of his need. He makes clear that he believes that Jesus can bring the blessing he so desperately needs. In these ways, Jairus models to us what our attitude needs to be. We know we need Jesus. We are willing to demonstrate our need to Jesus. We are happy to declare our faith in Jesus' power to bring the blessings we most need in our lives. God help us to not let pride, peer pressure, or worldly pursuits block our path to the Savior!

Today's Prayer

O God, my Abba Father, I know that I need Jesus and his presence in my life. Please protect me from the things that Satan intends to use to block my path to your Son and my Savior. In Jesus' name. Amen .

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 1:40
  • John 12:42-43
  • Romans 5:6-11


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.