What Jesus Did! 'Like a Child' — Matthew 12:22-23

Friday, June 9, 2017

Then some people brought a man to Jesus. This man was blind and could not talk, because he had a demon inside him. Jesus healed the man, and the man could talk and see. All the people were amazed. The people said, "Maybe this man (Jesus) is the Son of David {that God promised to send to us}!"
— Matthew 12:22-23 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 12:22-23 NLT — "Maybe this man (Jesus) is the Son of David {that God promised to send to us}!"

Key Thought

Isn't it amazing how the common everyday folks were so much better at recognizing Jesus than all the religious leaders? What's going on here? Of course we know: it's old human pride and selfishness rearing their ugly heads. Those too smart, too good, and too religious to appreciate Jesus totally missed his coming. But those who were simple, who yearned for God, could find Jesus in almost any situation. That's what faith is all about—giving up our pretensions and coming to meet Jesus honestly to see that his work is still true today!

Today's Prayer

Holy God, please remove my blinders and arrogance and help me see Jesus as he truly is, my Savior and your Son! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 11:15-16
  • 1 Corinthians 1:20-25
  • Mark 10:15


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.

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.