Good Shepherd Lutheran

Sometimes words have meaning, power, and authority simply because of their speaker. In today’s gospel lesson, we see how powerfully Jesus spoke God’s word and how that word had authority and gave hope for living.
In Mark 1:21-22 it says, “They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, ‘What is this? A new teaching—with authority!’” There was something very special about Jesus’ words. They were different from the words of the scribes who had taught in the synagogues. The scribes would simply quote sayings from past learned men, but they wouldn’t offer any new truths, or new ideas. The scribes could only repeat what had been said before.
But Jesus didn’t just quote past learned men. He was the sole authority for His words. Moreover, He had the authority of God Himself behind Him. In John’s gospel in 1:1 it says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.”
God’s Word, the authoritative Word that brought things into existence, that Word was incarnate in Jesus. So, when He spoke, He spoke with the authority which was present in Him from the beginning of time.
Jesus’ authority also sprung from knowing what was needed and what was best for God’s children. They were words of liberation, words of comfort, words of release, and words of pardon spoken from the very beginning of His public ministry. In Mark 1:15 it says: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent and believe in the good news.”
Jesus announced through His presence that God’s kingdom was now present in this world. Those words had power, because Jesus had the kind of authority and the kind of presence that allowed people to believe that His kingdom was indeed God’s kingdom.
In Mark 1:23-26 it says: “Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, ‘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.’ But Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be silent, and come out of him!’ And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.”
Jesus’ words were strong enough, powerful enough, to overcome demons. His simple words were powerful enough to bring healing, strength, and forgiveness into the life of that tormented man.
In this world of words, there’s one clear, loud, powerful word that stands out against all others. That Word is Jesus Christ. Through His grace, He offers us forgiveness of sin and a path to eternal life. And that’s the true power of the Word.