Sermon Summary (Jan 22, 2017)
Mark 1:21-34 • Pastor Chris Liu
In Mark 1:21-34, we see Jesus do some pretty amazing things, and the people who witnessed it were astonished (astounded, overwhelmed). These things revealed that He has authority and power that no one else had seen or experienced before. So what did he do?
First, Jesus taught with authority. While the scribes taught biblical truth, they could only reference and quote other scribes and teachers. But, when Jesus taught, he would say this: “You have heard it say, but I tell you…” Jesus didn’t need to quote others and reference other teachings. He taught as if God was telling people what they should hear and know.
Another way Jesus taught differently than the scribes (and more so the pharisees), was that the Pharisees would often “teach” for the sake of showing how holy and righteous they were. They would condemn others and lift themselves up. But Jesus didn’t do that. His purpose in teaching was always to drive people closer to God.
For us, we might not be pastors or teachers, but God has also given us authority to share our faith with that same power. Because we have the Holy Spirit in us, we should be bold and confident in telling our story and what we know about God to others. We should share the Good News with authority.
Secondly, Jesus showed his power and authority over demons. While Jesus was teaching in the Synagogue, a man with an unclean spirit spoke out against Him. Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and told it to come out of the man, which it did.
While those of us who are saved cannot be possessed by an unclean spirit, we still struggle with temptations and addictions. These addictions act as chains that keep us from growing in our faith and knowing God deeper. But, know that Jesus has the power to break those chains. He can free us from our addictions. It takes time, hard work, and accountability, but ultimately God can change our hearts and turn it back to Him.
Finally, Jesus showed authority and power over sickness and disease. After teaching in the synagogue, He went to Simon Peter’s home where he learned that Peter’s mother-in-law was ill with a bad fever. Jesus immediately healed her. After that, many people from the town came to the home to be healed by Jesus.
While Jesus has the power to heal sicknesses and diseases, this wasn’t His primary ministry. He didn’t go out of His way to seek those who were sick, but the sick came to Him. And when He saw them, He had compassion on them, and healed them. But, Jesus’ main mission was to call people to repent and believe. And this is what we should focus on too.
Know that Jesus wants to use you and gives you authority to teach/preach/tell others the good news. Know that He gives you power to overcome your addictions. And know that He also has the power to heal, but ultimately desires people to repent and turn to Him.