What Jesus Did! 'Leaving the Cynics Behind' — Mark 8:12-13

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Jesus made a sad sound like he was troubled. He said, "Why do you people ask to see a miracle as proof? I tell you the truth. No proof like that will be given to you." Then Jesus left the Pharisees. Jesus went in the boat to the other side of the lake.
— Mark 8:12-13 NLT
Illustration of Mark 8:12-13 NLT — "Why do you people ask to see a miracle as proof? I tell you the truth. No proof like that will be given to you."

Key Thought

Sometimes we just have to say, "No!" Jesus would not let his ministry become a sideshow. He would not pander to an audience that was important, but which was determined not to believe. There are times when we need to recognize that the people are not going to believe and move on to others who are looking for God and his grace in Jesus.

Today's Prayer

O Father, help me know when to move on! I know I have prayed this prayer several times this week, but it is so important to me. I don't want to give up on someone seeking you, but I also know that I can get so caught up trying to reach one specific person that I fail to see the many around me who are seeking, but who have no one to share your grace with them. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 6:6-13
  • John 6:22-30
  • Acts 13:48-51

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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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