It’s a Question of Authority

Jesus left Nazazeth and headed to Capernaum, a town on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee, a port that would serve as His base of operations.

Luke 4:31-37 portrays the authority of Jesus Christ.  Well informed Bible readers know Matthew 28:18-20 where Jesus declares “All authority/power has been given to me in heaven and on earth….”  But even here at the launch of His ministry, Christ demonstrates His authority.

He demonstrated His authority in His teaching.  On the Sabbath, and I assume in the synagogue, Jesus began to teach.  Those who heard Him, “were amazed at his teaching, because his teaching had authority.”  When the Son of God spoke the Word of God He demonstrated the authority of God.  In Matthew’s gospel, at the close of the infamous Sermon on the Mount, that writer notes “the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.”  Jesus didn’t offer conjecture, opinion, or a summation of current religious teachings.  Rather, He taught with authority!  His well known “But I say unto you….” profiled His God given authority to an equivalence of any Old Testament Scripture.

He also demonstrated His authority in His miracles.  His entrance into the world had stirred up “The Official Opposition.”  (Read Revelation 12 and see the stirred up activities of the Dragon–that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, if you’ve forgotten the details.)  In the synagogue,  yes, in the teaching centre for the faith, there was a demon-possessed man, just as troubled people show up in the midst of the gatherings of God’s people.  As Jesus began to teach, an evil spirit through the voice of this man challenged the authority of Jesus.  Satan knew who Jesus was.  He knew why Jesus had come.  He knew the destructive destiny that awaits fallen angels and all those who reject Jesus Christ.  

The demon’s inappropriate ‘publicity’ was challenged by Jesus.  Jesus, using His authority as the God-Man, orders the demon to withdraw his influence from this man’s life.  What was the result of the direct command of God the Son?  “…Then the demon threw the man down…..and came out without injuring him.”  This is the opening demonstration that a new era has come.  In Nazareth Jesus had read Isaiah 61:1,2 where captives are promised freedom, and now in Capernaum He demonstrates that Isaiah was predicting His very ministry.

Thank God today that Jesus Christ has all authority.  Submit to Him.  Yield to His authority and you will discover deliverance.  As He directs, and in line with God’s word, you will discover that you are granted authority.  We have the authority of Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations.   We go this day as His ambassadors!

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