Text: Mark 1:21–28 (ESV)
21 And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28 And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.
Melodic Line of the passage… Jesus reigns the physical (natural, concrete) and metaphysical (supernatural, abstract) world.
3 Questions for discussion…
1. Jesus did not come with a mere opinion or theory. Jesus comes with authority.
Q: Why is authority so important to Jesus?
2. Jesus shows us that there really is more to observable reality.
Q:What are the consequences of us being subject to a reality that is beyond experience, reason and science?
3. Jesus shows us that we are not gods. Jesus word came with authority and power.
Q: Are you living your life as created or creator?