Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Speaking with Authority

Luke 4:28-32 (ESV)
When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. [29] And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. [30] But passing through their midst, he went away.
[31] And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, [32] and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority.
His word possessed authority. This is something that gets talked about often. It is rather clashing though. In Nazareth it has no authority, the people try to kill him. In Capernaum they are astonished and listen. They don’t ask for miracles, to hear him is to believe him. His word has authority.
It still has authority today. It loses none. It comes with the Holy Spirit, it cuts to the bone, and it raises to new life. Jesus is a man one can ignore, but one can’t argue with him. One can try if they are foolish, they will be shown to be quite foolish. But that is the way of his word even today, it either causes a riot or belief. It leaves little room for anything in between. It will anger some, and others will find it comforting. So it is with authority.

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