What Jesus Did! 'Wild Speculations' — Mark 6:14-16

Monday, April 11, 2016

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King Herod heard about Jesus, because Jesus was now famous. Some people said, "{He (Jesus) is} John the Baptizer. He is risen from death. That is why he can do these miracles." Other people said, "He is Elijah." Other people said, "Jesus is a prophet. He is like the prophets that lived long ago." Herod heard these things about Jesus. He said, "I killed John by cutting off his head. Now John has been raised from death!"
— Mark 6:14-16 NLT
Illustration of Mark 6:14-16 NLT — "I killed John by cutting off his head. Now John has been raised from death!"

Key Thought

Jesus' ministry was effective, powerful, and rumor-worthy! In addition to the effective ministry of Jesus himself, Jesus' followers were spreading his reputation, his teachings, and his blessings among the people. They were trying to understand just who this powerful miracle-worker and truth-teacher actually might be. Wild speculations were made, but no one could speculate wildly enough to recognize his true identity ... at least not yet! We must remember that our job is to help others know about Jesus and spread his reputation far and wide and get them asking questions about Jesus. Then, as we are given the opportunity, help them understand more fully just who Jesus is—the Christ, the Son of God.

Today's Prayer

Father, please use the events, rumors, movies, and speculations about your Son to your glory. Please especially use this time of the year to open doors of opportunity for your children, and especially me, to share the message of Jesus more effectively. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Acts 4:12
  • 1 Corinthians 16:8-9
  • Ephesians 6:19-20

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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.