Jesus Has Authority

This Sunday, Tim Warke shared with us from Mark 1:14-34 about Jesus’ ultimate authority in teaching: over evil, over illness and, most importantly, over us. Often we are mistrustful of those holding authority as it can be abused, but Jesus is different.


1. Jesus has authority – in teaching

When Jesus went to the synagogue to teach, the people were amazed. They had never heard anything like what Jesus was teaching, even though many went regularly to the synagogue on the Sabbath to hear teaching. There the scribes, or teachers of the law, would read a portion of the Old Testament and discuss what it meant, often disagreeing with each other. In contrast, Jesus left no room for doubt about what God’s Word meant. He taught with certainty and authority.

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 HAS COME NEAR. REPENT AND BELIEVE THE GOOD NEWS!”

2.  Jesus has authority – over evil

Evil is real and we must recognise we are constantly facing a spiritual battle. A man in the synagogue was possessed by an evil spirit, but, when faced with Jesus, the spirit immediately recognised who Jesus was. The powers of evil know who Jesus is – the chosen Messiah sent by God. We must recognise evil forces that work behind atrocities we see today, through fallen people not rescued by Jesus.
In this passage, Jesus commanded the spirit to leave the man:

“BE QUIET!” SAID JESUS STERNLY. “COME OUT OF HIM!”

With just a word, Jesus overcomes evil! Jesus has ultimate power and authority over evil spirits.


3.  Jesus has authority – over illness

Later in the chapter, Jesus healed a woman with a fever. By this point there were crowds queued outside Simon Peter’s house, where Jesus was. They recognised his authority as different to anything else they had known. Jesus healed every one of the people who were sick or demon possessed. Rather than just stopping the disease, he provided full restoration to the body, as if the illness was never there in the first place. Jesus demonstrated ultimate authority over illness and death, and because of this we can look forward to the day Jesus returns:

“HE WILL WIPE EVERY TEAR FROM THEIR EYES. THERE WILL BE NO MORE DEATH OR MOURNING OR CRYING OR PAIN, FOR THE OLD ORDER OF THINGS HAS PASSED AWAY.”

4.  Jesus has authority – over you

What does this mean for us? In this passage, Jesus said to Simon and Andrew:

“COME, FOLLOW ME… AND I WILL SEND YOU OUT TO FISH FOR PEOPLE.”

Immediately they dropped their nets to follow him. The same thing happened with James and John. The disciples recognised Jesus’ authority and followed in faith, even though at that point they might not have known much about him.

“ALL THOSE THE FATHER GIVES ME WILL COME TO ME, AND WHOEVER COMES TO ME I WILL NEVER DRIVE AWAY.”

Only by following Jesus can we be part of God’s kingdom and escape the judgement that is coming upon evil. We are all sinners, but Jesus paid the punishment through his death on the cross and if we trust in him we can look forward to living with him forever with no more illness, death or suffering.

Reflection:

  • Jesus has ultimate authority in teaching, over illness and death and over us. He is the only one worth following. He provides hope for all through his death and resurrection.
  • If you are a follower of Jesus, are you joining in Jesus’ ministry by spreading the Good News of Jesus to everyone you meet?
Naomi Adams

Naomi Adams

Hi, I'm Naomi and I have been coming to Windsor for the last couple of years. I work in clinical research, but enjoy spending my spare time keeping active and can often be found in a coffee shop!
Naomi Adams
Hi, I'm Naomi and I have been coming to Windsor for the last couple of years. I work in clinical research, but enjoy spending my spare time keeping active and can often be found in a coffee shop!