What Jesus Did! 'Prove Yourself' — Mark 8:11

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Pharisees came to Jesus and asked him questions. They wanted to test Jesus. So they asked Jesus to do a miracle to show that he was from God.
— Mark 8:11 NLT
Illustration of Mark 8:11 NLT — The Pharisees came to Jesus and asked him questions. They wanted to test Jesus. So they asked Jesus to do a miracle to show that he was from God.

Key Thought

Seeking hearts in Jesus' day could see proof in honest observation. Some who were not seeking saw Jesus as God's Son as well. However, those who "came to argue with him" and who were "testing him to see if he was from God" could not see. One miracle, another sign, and yet another display of power would not be enough for them to believe. So much of our faith is tied to our own hearts. Are we seeking for truth? Are we seeking God? Do we yearn for what is really life? These are the first crucial questions for us as we seek to not only know, but to believe, in Jesus.

Today's Prayer

Father, I believe, but I want to believe more strongly and more completely. I don't want my faith to be shallow—just a mere emotional cloud that is here today and gone tomorrow. Guide my heart and my mind as I seek to know truth, your truth, about who you are and what you want of me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 15:25-30
  • John 7:17
  • John 8:31-32

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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.

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