Jesus, Man with authority!

Scripture reading for February 15th: Mark 1:1-28, Psalm 35:1-16, Proverbs 9:11-12

We know that Jesus was a carpenter’s son but we know little of His life growing up.  It was not until his baptism at thirty years of age that we find Him full of the Holy Spirit.  He then moved precisely and spoke with great authority because He was led by the Holy Spirit through prayer, obedient to the Father’s will.   The Gospel of Mark pictures Jesus as the Servant of God who demonstrated for us a pattern of how we, His followers, are to live out our lives on earth.

“After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” He said, “The kingdom of God is near.  Repent and believe the good news!”” (Mark 1:14-15)  Jesus seemed to know the time to preach was at hand.  He knew where to go and spoke plainly about the kingdom of God.  He commanded people to repent and believe the good news of the kingdom now near to them.

“Come, follow Me,” Jesus Said, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mark 1:17)  Jesus called four fishermen to follow and the power of His call caused them to immediately leave their nets.  Those who were selected  responded quickly.  The vision of catching men for God gave enduring purpose to all of life!  There was something about this Man that was different!

“They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach.  The people were amazed at His teaching, because He taught them as One who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.” (Mark 1:21-22)  Jesus cast out the evil spirit from the man after the evil spirit identified Him as the “Holy One of God”. This impressed the crowd and they marveled about Jesus’ teaching and power!

The pattern for us is already clear.  We must listen to Jesus, the King of the Kingdom.  We must repent and believe, entering that kingdom for ourselves. We become a child of God and new creation.   Then we have opportunity to follow Him and He will make us “fishers of men” for the kingdom of God!  The authority and power Jesus walked in becomes ours as well through the gift of the Holy Spirit and faith!

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