What Jesus Did! 'Delivered!' — Mark 9:25-27

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Jesus saw that all the people were running there to see what was happening. So Jesus spoke to the evil spirit. Jesus said, "You evil spirit that makes this boy deaf and stops him from talking—I command you to come out of this boy and never enter him again!" The {evil} spirit screamed. The spirit caused the boy to fall on the ground again, and then the spirit came out. The boy looked like he was dead. Many people said, "He is dead!" But Jesus held the boy's hand and helped him stand.
— Mark 9:25-27 NLT
Illustration of Mark 9:25-27 NLT — "You evil spirit that makes this boy deaf and stops him from talking—I command you to come out of this boy and never enter him again!"   ——   "He is dead!"

Key Thought

One of the things I love so much about Jesus is that his miracles were not about him or for him. He cared about the people he healed. He took care of their dignity as well as their physical ailment. Jesus healed the boy before the crowd of onlookers grew too large. When the boy was healed, he took him by the hand and helped him up. The miracle wasn't about Jesus dazzling the crowds with his power. No, the miracle was about the love and care of God being shown.

Today's Prayer

O Father in heaven, help me treat with dignity and grace all those you give me the privilege to serve. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 5:35-43
  • John 9:1-3
  • Mark 1:40-41

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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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