Our Lord’s Authority

Our Lord’s Authority

The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.  And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him. …

And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching.  And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.  And immediately 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 out with a loud voice, came out of him.  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.”  And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.

Mark 1:12-13;21-28 (ESV)

The first chapter of Mark focuses on the identity of Jesus. Jesus is revealed to be the Christ, the Son of God, the Lord, and the King. In verses 21-28, Christ’s power and authority is demonstrated as He preaches truth and exorcises an evil spirit. The enemy is no match for the Almighty God.