What Jesus Did! 'Treated with Contempt' — Mark 9:12-13

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Jesus answered, "They are right to say that Elijah must come first. Elijah makes all things the way they should be. But why does the Scripture say that the Son of Man will suffer much and that people will think he is worth nothing? I tell you that Elijah has already come. And people did to him all the {bad} things they wanted to do. The Scriptures said this would happen to him."
— Mark 9:12-13 NLT
Illustration of Mark 9:12-13 NLT — "They are right to say that Elijah must come first."

Key Thought

John the Baptist was the Elijah that preceded Jesus. His death helped designate official recognition of Jesus' ministry and also helped indicate how Jesus' ministry would end—in death at the hands of the political and religious power brokers. Why is it that God's servants are often treated with contempt by the powers of the world? Both the Bible and secular history reveal Satan's attempts to thwart any good work from God by attacking those leading that good work. Opposition, persecution, and martyrdom are not signs of God's disapproval. In fact, many of God's greatest servants have faced such challenges and God has used them to advance their work rather than limit it.

Today's Prayer

God, my heavenly Father and LORD Almighty, please give me the courage I need to endure whatever the world or Satan may direct toward me. I know your servants through the ages have had to face many difficulties. Give me the strength to honor you no matter what the circumstances of my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Acts 5:38-42
  • 2 Timothy 3:10-12
  • 1 Peter 5:8-9

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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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