The Truth About Jesus: Words from Demons, Rulers, and Disciples

Truth about Jesus
Discover the profound revelation of what others said about Jesus in the Gospels.

The truth about Jesus was proclaimed through the words of demons, John the Baptist, and the disciple Peter—but what did the religious rulers say about Jesus?

Sometimes what others say reveal more about who they are than who they talk about.

The Truth About Jesus

Take a deep breath. Focus your mind on the Lord and then read the passages below.

Mark 1:23-24 (NIV)

23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, 24 “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

Matthew 9:32–34 (NIV)

32 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. 33 And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”

34 But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.”

John 1:29, 34 (NIV)

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

34 I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”

Matthew 16:13–16 (NIV)

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

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REFLECT

What did you notice as you read these passages?

Meditate on this for a moment.

Who do you say Jesus is?

How does what you believe about him impact how you will live today?

PRAY

Pray about your reflections above or here is a prayer to guide you:

Father, Son, Holy Spirit, one and only true God, we worship you. Thank you, Lord, for your goodness of giving us the Gospels that show us different perspectives of what people were saying about Jesus. Help us, O Lord, to see Jesus for who he really is beyond the confines of religious traditions, or opinions. We want to know you for who you really are. We love you, God, and we worship you. Amen.

Truth for Your Pocket

Jesus is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.

(see John 1:29)

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