What Jesus Did! 'Striking the Mark' — Mark 12:12

Saturday, August 27, 2016

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These Jewish leaders heard this story that Jesus told. They knew that this story was about them. So they wanted to find a way to arrest Jesus. But they were afraid of the people. So the Jewish leaders left Jesus and went away.
— Mark 12:12 NLT
Illustration of Mark 12:12 NLT —  So the Jewish leaders left Jesus and went away.

Key Thought

Sadly, rather than repenting when they heard Jesus' story, the leaders resolved more intently to kill Jesus. Their problem, however, was that Jesus was incredibly well liked among the people. So they left Jesus and went away. How sad! Salvation, redemption, love, grace, and power were within their grasp and they turned away. Unfortunately many people do the same thing today.

Today's Prayer

God, my Abba Father, please help me to never leave Jesus. Please help me to never move away from him because I don't want to change my lifestyle, my basic beliefs, or my comforts to follow him. Give me a heart that seeks after you and your truth no matter the costs. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 6:66-67
  • Mark 11:18
  • John 11:45-52

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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.