On Sunday 17th February we will be having a special service to celebrate 60 years of Hope City Church making a difference in people’s lives. We invite you to join with us at our 9:30am service at Grovely State School Performing Arts Complex to hear from people as they share their personal experience of the difference being part of the church family has made. Afterwards, we invite you to stay around and chat over a special celebration morning tea.
His Authority on Your Behalf
Categories: From Alex and Sarah
Mark 1:21-28 NLT
Jesus and his companions went to the town of Capernaum. When the Sabbath day came, he went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike the teachers of religious law. Suddenly, a man in the synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit began shouting, “Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” Jesus cut him short. “Be quiet! Come out of the man,” he ordered. At that, the evil spirit screamed, threw the man into a convulsion, and then came out of him. Amazement gripped the audience, and they began to discuss what had happened. “What sort of new teaching is this?” they asked excitedly. “It has such authority! Even evil spirits obey his orders!” The news about Jesus spread quickly throughout the entire region of Galilee.
What would it have been like to be sitting in that crowd?
Jesus is teaching in a synagogue – but speaking like He knows what He’s talking about. Speaking with authority.
So many of the teachers of the law knew about the Father. But Jesus knew the Father. It gave Him a unique authority that came out in His words and manner.
It’s the difference between the preacher that talks about dealing with adversity and the guy who has actually gone through it. There’s an authority that comes that you just can’t fake!
This is the kind of authority Jesus was speaking with. The teachers of the law spoke of the law. Jesus was the living embodiment of the law. It’s this authority that came across and touched the hearts of the people listening. They were amazed at this.
But then, as if to add a punctuation mark, some guy in the meeting freaks out and starts manifesting – literally. Jesus tells the spirit to be quiet and come out of the man. And it does!
They were amazed at His teaching, now they must be absolutely freaking out! Who is this guy? Talk about the real deal – He tells evil spirits to leave and they do!! That’s authority!
Church, this is your Jesus! Doesn’t it blow you away to see His power? His miracle ability? That authority is so attractive. That confidence of who He is.
It means that you can look at your circumstance and approach it with faith because it’s not just you dealing with the issues. It’s Jesus in you. It’s His ability, power and authority!
What issues do you face right now? Your Jesus has all the ability required to come through in that situation – we just need to ensure we don’t get paralyzed by our own insecurity or fear.
This verse is such a timely reminder that Jesus has your back.
He’s got it all in hand and you can have absolute confidence in His ability. Whatever you’re facing, be encouraged that God is able to come through.
See you on Sunday Church.