What Jesus Did! 'Everything Well!' — Mark 7:36-37

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Jesus commanded the people not to tell any person about what happened. Jesus always commanded people not to tell other people about him. But this only caused the people to tell about him more and more. The people were really amazed. The people said, "Jesus does everything in a good way. Jesus makes deaf people able to hear. And people that can't talk—Jesus makes them able to talk."
— Mark 7:36-37 NLT
Illustration of Mark 7:36-37 NLT — "Jesus does everything in a good way. Jesus makes deaf people able to hear. And people that can't talk—Jesus makes them able to talk."

Key Thought

Despite Jesus' intentions and efforts to keep things quiet about his miraculous power to heal, the healing miracle in the previous verses becomes known and his reputation only spreads faster and farther. The people were amazed and wanted others to know. And yes, his deeds were wonderful, but Jesus is so much more than a miracle worker and that will be harder to teach. We need to remember that with popularity comes misunderstanding. Some of that misunderstanding can actually inhibit us from fulfilling our mission from God. So as we look at our churches and ministries, let's pray for true success—an impact on the broken world for Jesus and faithfulness to the mission God has given us.

Today's Prayer

O Father, I know that the good things that I am able to do to bless others is because of your grace and power. I do want my influence for you to expand and impact others. As that happens, dear LORD, please keep my heart pure, my mission in focus, and your glory uppermost on my heart. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 7:12, 31
  • Luke 7:16-17
  • Matthew 15:31

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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.