Authority

Jesus had ultimate authority as The Son of God.  See that authority today as you read of an encounter one early morning at the Synagogue.  It is found in two places - Mark 1:21-28/Luke 4:31-37.

Jesus and his companions went to the town of Capernaum. When the Sabbath day came, he went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike the teachers of religious law. Suddenly, a man in the synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit began shouting, “Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” Jesus cut him short. “Be quiet! Come out of the man,” he ordered. At that, the evil spirit screamed, threw the man into a convulsion, and then came out of him. Amazement gripped the audience, and they began to discuss what had happened. “What sort of new teaching is this?” they asked excitedly. “It has such authority! Even evil spirits obey his orders!” The news about Jesus spread quickly throughout the entire region of Galilee

Jesus didn't seek out miracle working opportunities...He sought out places and people to share the Good News of the Kingdom of God - The Gospel.  He often performed miracles and signs as acts of compassion and to cause people to hear His message. 

Before the miracle, Jesus' Authority was recognized. The people recognized that this was no regular teaching. These weren't quotes from people trying their best to interpret the law and the prophets...this was no hired hand...this was The Son of God. Jesus drew directly from the Authority of the Father as His Dearly Loved Son. He was the source of the Word that He spoke.  He was the Author.  It was clear that His message carried the power of truth...not just the familiar ring of tradtion. Is His Authority found in us?  It is available.

His Authority was not only recognized with His Words but also in His Actions.  When a demon-possessed man interupts that Sabbath gathering, Jesus handles him with the great power.

Demons are often shown in today's arts, movies, etc.  God created everything so even demons are created beings.  The Bible teaches of the angels that fell from heaven with Satan.  These are the demons referred to in scripture. (2 Peter 2:4, Revelation 12:9). 

Demons certainly have great power but they are under the power of Satan. Jesus had faced Satan (for forty days in the Wilderness) directly and surely word had spread amongst the enemy's troops.  They knew Him as James 2:19 indicates.  There is a big difference between knowing and following...

Jesus silenced this powerful spiritual being in a moment.  The power of God has no superior.   

We must not fall into the trap of expecting signs and miracles so that we may believe.  God's Word is enough. In John 6, Jesus taught the people not to seek out works for themselves or others...but to put faith in Him, His Works and His Word.

This brief encounter shows us that His Works and His Word have all the power and authority that we need.   Do you rely upon the power and authority of God to overcome the struggles of this life or do you attempt to make it through the day in your own strength?