What Jesus Did! 'He Can't Save Himself!' — Mark 15:31

Thursday, December 10, 2020

The leading priests and teachers of religious law also mocked Jesus [on the cross]. "He saved others," they scoffed, "but he can't save himself!"
— Mark 15:31 NLT

Key Thought

Wrong! Jesus could have saved himself, but he didn't do it in order that he could save others... save you... save me. Thankfully the religious folks were wrong about Jesus' power to save. Thank God that Jesus loved us enough to bear their ridicule, face their scorn, absorb their hate, suffer their torture, and endure their humiliation and his own execution. Even though he could have saved himself, he didn't — he didn't save himself because he needed to die for you and me!

Today's Prayer

O Father, my words are inadequate to express my heartfelt gratitude and eternal thanks for your incomparable love. Thank you, dear Father; thank you. Thank you, dear Savior; I owe everything to you. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 10:17-18
  • John 19:6-11
  • Revelation 1:7


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Illustration of Mark 15:31 NLT — The leading priests and teachers of religious law also mocked Jesus [on the cross]. "He saved others," they scoffed, "but he can't save himself!"

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.

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