What Jesus Did! 'They All Condemned Him' — Mark 14:63-64

Friday, November 18, 2016

When the high priest heard this, he was very angry. He tore his clothes and said, "We don't need any more witnesses! You all heard him say these things against God. What do you think?" All the people said that Jesus was wrong. They said he was guilty and must be killed.
— Mark 14:63-64 NLT
Illustration of Mark 14:63-64 NLT — "We don't need any more witnesses! You all heard him say these things against God. What do you think?"

Key Thought

Jesus comes to us and demands a decision. He offers us the body of his work, his life here on earth, as the testimony we have to accept or reject. There is no middle ground: he is either the promised Messiah and our Lord, or we reject him. There is no partial acceptance here. It is one or the other. What will you decide to do with Jesus? He doesn't want you to stay on the fence of indecision or in the throes of lukewarm discipleship. To refuse to follow with your whole heart is to reject him as your Lord. "What is your verdict?" Or, in the words of the Scripture, we each need to ask ourselves "What do you think?" about who Jesus is?

Today's Prayer

O Father, I choose Jesus. However, dear Father, you know that I am sometimes weak and fail. You know that I am sometimes sinful and need your forgiveness. However, dear Father, I don't want to be indecisive about my love and loyalty to your Son. Help me live decisively for him. In Jesus' name I ask for this help. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 John 5:1-5, 13
  • Revelation 3:15-22
  • Luke 9:26

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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.