What Jesus Did! 'Don't Stumble' — Matthew 11:6

Monday, May 17, 2021

[Jesus continued his respond to John's question about whether he was the Messiah:] "God blesses those who do not fall away because of me."
— Matthew 11:6 NLT

Key Thought

The answer to John's question to Jesus about his Messiahship helps prepare us for the road that lies ahead in Matthew's account about Jesus. Jesus will be repeatedly rejected and criticized for healing activities that follow. Hostility intensifies between Jesus and the religious powerbrokers of his day. They reject him. But underneath this repeated pattern is another pattern of even greater significance. While Jesus continues to heal and care for the crowds, he intensifies the training of his disciples. All that he warned them about when he sent them out to minister now comes true in his own ministry. Clearly Jesus is preparing them for the dark times ahead while at the same time placing the truth of God in their hearts to sustain them. For nearly every believer who honors Jesus as Lord, there will come a time of darkness and struggle. In those moments of doubt about the Savior's presence and grace, this statement in today's Scripture should always be a reminder that some roads the Savior walks, some roads the Savior leads us down, are hard. Some may even end in a cross, but even then, they also lead us to glory.

Today's Prayer

Most holy and powerful God, through your Spirit please help me understand the full range of Jesus' ministry. I don't want to try to conform Jesus to my desires. I want him to be Lord — not just on my lips, but in my heart and soul and mind and actions. In the name of the Lord Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 8:28-29
  • Hebrews 12:2-3
  • Matthew 11:20-21


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Illustration of Matthew 11:6 NLT — [Jesus continued his respond to John's question about whether he was the Messiah:] "God blesses those who do not fall away because of me."

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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