What Jesus Did! 'Killing the Son' — Mark 12:7-8

Monday, August 24, 2020

"But the farmers said to each other, 'This is the owner's son. This vineyard will be his. If we kill him, then it will be ours.' So the farmers took the son, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him."
— Mark 12:7-8 NLT
Illustration of Mark 12:7-8 NLT — "But the farmers said to each other, 'This is the owner's son."

Key Thought

"We want it for ourselves!" That's in essence what the farmers in the vineyard were saying. It's also what so many others—including most of us at one time or another—have said. We don't want to have to live by God's standards, God's plans, and God's values. We want the blessings of God for ourselves while doing things the way we want to do them. But, God sent his Son and our place in God's family depends upon what we do with the Son.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for sending your Son. It gives me great pain to see how he was treated. I pray the way that I live shows that he is welcome in my life as the Lord of my heart. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 13:10-14
  • John 19:1-7
  • John 3:36


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.

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.