What Jesus Did! 'Misleading Times' — Mark 13:5-6

Monday, September 16, 2024

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Jesus replied, "Don't let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Messiah.' They will deceive many."
— Mark 13:5-6 NLT

Key Thought

False messiahs will be plentiful! That's Jesus' message. Even more frightening than counterfeit messiahs, many people will be hoodwinked by them and led away from the true faith. Unfortunately Jesus' words have been profoundly true through the ages. Good people have been led astray by evil or deluded leaders. Jesus doesn't want us to focus our eyes on anyone but him. All others are false.

Today's Prayer

Righteous Father, please help me see through the deception and charisma of false religious leaders. Keep my heart reserved only for your Son as my Lord. In his name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 13:22
  • 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
  • 1 John 4:1


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Illustration of Mark 13:5-6 NLT — Jesus replied, "Don't let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Messiah.' They will deceive many."

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.

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