What Jesus Did! 'Marvelous Doings of the Lord' — Mark 12:10-11

Monday, August 26, 2024

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[At the end of the parable of the vineyard and the tenant farmers, Jesus asked:] "Didn't you ever read this in the Scriptures?

'The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the Lord's doing, and it is wonderful to see.'"

— Mark 12:10-11 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus finished his story by quoting an Old Testament Scripture that became one of his early followers' favorite passages. The point of the quotation is simple: God can turn things around and do great things with what looks like rejection and disaster. This redemption of apparently bad situations is precisely what God does. God raised his Son Jesus from the dead and vindicated his life, his ministry, and his teachings. What began horribly — the Son being murdered and his body desecrated outside the city — ended in something marvelous — Jesus being raised and death being defeated. While we abhor the rejection, the wounds, the humiliation, and the death that Jesus endured, God has made Jesus' suffering precious to us. It is marvelous grace.

Today's Prayer

My Father in heaven, the only one adequate response that I can give to all that you have given to me through your Son is thank you! However, dear Lord, I want my "thank you" to be more than words; I want to say thank you with all of my being and show my appreciation with the way that I live. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Corinthians 9:15
  • Acts 2:32-36
  • 1 Peter 2:4-10


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Illustration of Mark 12:10-11 NLT — "Didn't you ever read this in the Scriptures?

'The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord's doing,
and it is wonderful to see.'"

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 and is available in book form.

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.