What Jesus Did! 'Jesus' Center' — Mark 8:31

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Then Jesus began to teach his followers that the Son of Man must suffer many things. Jesus taught that the Son of Man would not be accepted by the older Jewish leaders, the leading priests, and the teachers of the law. Jesus taught that the Son of Man must be killed and then rise from death after three days.
— Mark 8:31 NLT
Illustration of Mark 8:31 NLT —  Jesus taught that the Son of Man must be killed and then rise from death after three days.

Key Thought

Jesus knew his mission. It was a hard mission: he was to die for the sins of the people—even you and me—after being rejected and ridiculed. This sacrificial death, however, was his center. He will proclaim this center several times to his key followers, yet they will not be able to receive that teaching. It is beyond their grasp. (See the verses that follow.) Jesus, however, will not deviate from it. He will obey and please the Father no matter the cost. The challenge for you and me is the same—to obey the Father no matter the cost and to be willing to lay down our lives for him.

Today's Prayer

O dear Father in heaven, stir my heart and increase my courage so that I am truly willing to follow you no matter the cost. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 10:42-45
  • Philippians 2:5-11
  • Mark 9:30-32

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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.

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.