What Jesus Did! 'Greeted by the Crowd' — Mark 9:14-15

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Then Jesus, Peter, James, and John went to the other followers. They saw many people around them. The teachers of the law were arguing with the followers. When the people saw Jesus, they were very surprised. They ran to him to welcome him.
— Mark 9:14-15 NLT
Illustration of Mark 9:14-15 NLT —  They ran to him to welcome him.

Key Thought

People were not quite sure what to think or do about Jesus. Some argued with his disciples about the small points of his ministry. I find it interesting that those who gave Jesus' disciples the hardest time were the religious teachers. The regular folks, "the crowd," saw something in Jesus that was awesome and were drawn to him. I wonder what would happen if we as "religious people" worried less about pleasing other religious people and focused more on sharing Jesus with the masses of common folks who do not really know him!

Today's Prayer

O God, forgive me for trying to keep the religious folks around me happy while ignoring the lost and hungry souls around me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 7:1-8
  • Mark 8:31
  • Mark 11:18


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.