What Jesus Did! 'Teaching the Crowds' — Mark 10:1

Friday, July 1, 2016

Then Jesus left that place. He went into the area of Judea and across the Jordan River. Again, many people came to him. And Jesus taught the people like he always did.
— Mark 10:1 NLT
Illustration of Mark 10:1 NLT — Then Jesus left that place. He went into the area of Judea and across the Jordan River. Again, many people came to him. And Jesus taught the people like he always did.

Key Thought

Two characteristics marked Jesus' ministry at this stage of his life. First, he was very popular and crowds accompanied him everywhere he went. Second, he taught them God's will. Jesus' goal in attracting people was not to gain an earthly following, but to teach and to train a group of people who would change the world. He saw teaching as his task—not his only task, but his primary task.

Today's Prayer

Father God, I thank you for those who have so wonderfully taught me. I realize, dear Father, that these people gave me one of the most wonderful gifts anyone could give. May I never forget their sacrifices. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 9:36
  • Mark 14:27-30
  • John 10:14-15

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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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