What Jesus Did! 'Blocked Understanding' — Mark 9:30-32

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Then Jesus and his followers left there and went through Galilee. Jesus did not want the people to know where they were. He wanted to teach his followers alone. He said to them, "The Son of Man* will be handed over to the control of other men, who will kill him. After three days, he will rise from death." But the followers did not understand what he meant, and they were afraid to ask him.
— Mark 9:30-32 NLT
Illustration of Mark 9:30-32 NLT — "The Son of Man* will be handed
over to the control of other men, who will
kill him. After three days, he will rise from
death."

Key Thought

Despite some of Jesus' own personal teaching, the disciples are having a very difficult time understanding that he must die and be raised from the dead. From their understanding and because of their expectations, the Messiah should be a conquering redeemer. With all the powerful displays they had seen from Jesus, we can understand that it must have been hard for them to even imagine anyone having the power of Jesus. Sometimes our understanding about Jesus' truth is blocked because of our expectations of him. Let's ask God to remove the blindness from our own eyes!

Today's Prayer

O Father, I confess that what I want from Jesus sometimes blinds me to what I need from him and what he longs to teach me. Please remove my blindness and gently correct me so that I can know and live your truth. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 8:22-25
  • John 9:39-41
  • Acts 9:17-18

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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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