I’ve been in all week with one of those nasty colds that’s been going around…coughing, sneezing, fever, etc. So, while I’m better, my mind has not been much engaged! As a result, I’ll be very brief this morning.
This Sunday we take up right where we left off last week with Mark 1:21-28. We’ve seen Mark moving rapidly to describe Jesus’ identify as the Son of God, his early ministry, and his call of the first disciples. So this week he enters their hometown, Capernaum, and preaches on the Sabbath in the synagogue. The people are amazed, as he taught “as one having authority.” Even the demons recognize his authority, as well as his identity as “the holy one from God.”
Just for fun, a word about Capernaum. The site of the ancient village is on the northeastern shore of the Sea of Galilee. It was a fishing village, home of several of the disciples. The ruins of a synagogue built after Jesus’ life stand, it is believed, on the site of a previous synagogue, which would have been the one Mark mentions in this text. So when you are at the site of the synagogue, you may be at the most reliable of all sites that Jesus actually visited. As a plus, the whole Sea of Galilee area is one of the most beautiful sites I have ever seen.
So, we might think of Jesus this week, a simple man, no formal training, yet having a knowledge, a power, an authority that came from a source beyond him. He came into the beauty of this world, but he came, too, to confront all those forces that dehumanize, demoralize, and imprison the children of God in this world. He came in love, in humility, but “as one having authority.”
See you Sunday, seeking Jesus’ authority,