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

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

ToGather: The LORD Is Close

The LORD promised to be close—especially when we are broken-hearted and crushed.

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Then a demon-possessed man, who was blind and couldn't speak, was brought to Jesus. He healed the man so that he could both speak and see. The crowd was amazed and asked, "Could it be that Jesus is the Son of David, the Messiah?"
— Matthew 12:22-23 NLT

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 in the religious leaders. Those who considered themselves smart, good, and religious couldn't appreciate Jesus and 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

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Illustration

Illustration of Matthew 12:22-23 NLT — "Could it be that Jesus is the Son of David, the Messiah?"

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.

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.