What Jesus Did! 'Through Stories' — Mark 12:1

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Jesus used stories to teach the people. Jesus said ...
— Mark 12:1 NLT
Illustration of Mark 12:1 NLT — Jesus used stories to teach the people. Jesus said ...

Key Thought

Jesus knew the power of special stories—often called parables. He used them frequently to help convey deep messages that he wanted his followers to remember. These stories would lodge in Jesus' listeners' minds. His lessons would be recalled as they saw those images in everyday life. We must never underestimate the importance of stories to convey the truth of God. Not only did Jesus use them, but much of the Bible contains them. Let's ask God to help us hear his voice in the stories of Jesus and the stories of the Bible. Let's thank God for giving so much of his message in stories that we can easily remember and then put to use in everyday life.

Today's Prayer

O Father, thank you for the variety of ways you have communicated your message to us. While I know that Jesus is your ultimate message, I also know that you spoke through prophetic oracles, through Laws, through wisdom messages, through the Psalms, and through your actions in history interpreted by your messengers. Please be with me as I open your Word and seek your will. Thank you for speaking to us, your human children, in so many ways. In Jesus' name I thank you. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 4:2
  • John 1:1-4
  • Hebrews 1:1-3

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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.

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.