Reflective Bible Study.
Focus Passage: Mark 1:21-34 (NIV)As a developing communicator, when I read passages in the gospels that share about Jesus’ communication style, it seems as though these details jump off the page at me. During this speaking opportunity at the Capernaum synagogue, Jesus gets a reaction from the group of people, because His presentation of the scriptures was unique from what they had heard from others. In verse 22, we read about the people’s reaction, “The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.” It is worth noting that this response is from what we could simply call “the sermon” part of the worship service. In case those present needed any more proof about whether Jesus had authority, following the message, a demon-possessed man stands up to tell Jesus to leave them. Jesus responds by silencing the evil spirit and telling it to leave the man. If Jesus’ teaching before was filled with authority, this healing solidified it in the minds of those present. Verse 27 tells us the people’s reaction after the healing, “The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, ‘What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.’” Jesus’ communication was unique. Jesus shared as one who had authority, and He was not one to back down to a challenge from satanic forces. Word spreads, and that evening, Jesus has a steady stream of people who come to have their diseases healed. This leads me to see a big theme running through this passage: Jesus has the authority to teach scripture, to heal diseases, and to free people from the devil’s traps. If we need encouragement, healing, or freedom, Jesus should be the One we look to first! This thought was inspired by studying the Walking With Jesus “Reflective Bible Study” package. To discover insights like this in your own study time, click here and give Reflective Bible Study a try today! Read this article on the web on it's official page: Speaking with Authority: Mark 1:21-34