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

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

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Leaving that region, [Jesus and the disciples] traveled through Galilee. Jesus didn't want anyone to know he was there, for he wanted to spend more time with his disciples and teach them. He said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of his enemies. He will be killed, but three days later he will rise from the dead." They didn't understand what he was saying, however, and they were afraid to ask him what he meant.
— Mark 9:30-32 NLT

Key Thought

Despite Jesus' investment in teaching his disciples personally, they didn't understand that he must die and that God would raise him from death. I can't fault them too much for that lack of understanding. Jesus challenged them to believe the impossible before they had seen God perform it! From their learned expectations and because of their training, they assumed that the Messiah would be a conquering redeemer restoring the kingdom of Israel. With all the powerful displays they had seen from Jesus, we can understand that it must have been hard for them even to imagine anyone having power over Jesus, much less being able to kill him. Sometimes we allow our understanding of Jesus to block our full understanding of who Jesus is and the power Jesus has. 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 series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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