21 Jesus and his companions went to the town of Capernaum. When the Sabbath day came, he went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike the teachers of religious law.
23 Suddenly, a man in the synagogue who was possessed by an evil[h] spirit began shouting, 24 “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!”
25 Jesus cut him short. “Be quiet! Come out of the man,” he ordered. 26 At that, the evil spirit screamed, threw the man into a convulsion, and then came out of him.
27 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!” 28 The news about Jesus spread quickly throughout the entire region of Galilee.
Jesus goes into the Synagogue and began teaching…..for me I always asked the question “how can this be?” How can a man walk in off the street and start teaching? A Synagogue was set up in neighborhoods, they had no full time pastor, teacher, elders etc…. the teaching would come from local men. The one purpose of the Synagogue was for “instruction or teaching” of the Law. If a man passed through town and they knew the Law, the Tora they would be invited to teach. So with this Jesus goes in and start teaching. I LOVE LOVE LOVE how it’s talked about.
“The people were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with REAL authority – quite unlike the teachers of religious law”
Man has taken the Word of God and made it “man-like” – brought it to a level that man can understand and throughout history has turned the word of God into a book or “rules” to follow that in the end would make you HOLY…….the religious leaders took God’s word and reduced it to man-words just so we could wrap our heads around it. In a very real sense they took the “breath of God” out of His Word. And now here comes the Living Word to teach…….a new heart, a new Spirit…..a new way! Instantly they saw something different….it says they were amazed and that they knew he didn’t teach like any other teacher they have ever heard!!! The demons HATED it, they recognized that He was JESUS and they knew everything was about to change!! Another thing that gets me in these scriptures is that the people knew about this “spirit” and sat helpless.
“The news about Jesus spread quickly throughout the entire region of Galilee”
Jesus IS the Word of God!! When He taught it was the heart of the Word………a new message or the reality is “the message” exactly how it was intended to be. The very heart of God. Ok, so how about today’s world? How about me? You? The body of Christ (the church)?
I have been part of churches that grew, churches that died, churches that were alive and churches that were boring and going through the motions. I have been part of churches where miracles were taking place and churches that were divided with gossip flying through it like a fire. I have been part of churches with NO new people, no young people, no youth, and part of churches where we ran out of room in all area’s of the church. I have been part of churches that the lost came in to see if God is real and churches where the lost swore they would never step foot into……why? What makes the difference?
Well, nothing has changed since this scene in the 1st chapter of Mark……..JESUS makes the difference……the spirit in Jesus is the SAME SPIRIT the dwells within us………When a pastor preaches, teaches and loves through the Spirit of the Living God people will stand amazed and perplexed, people will come from miles to be a part of it….. when a worship leader leads us into DEEP worship through the Spirit of the living God people will enter into a place of worship they have never been, seen or even imagined…….when the body is “Christlike” and moves in the Spirit in LOVE and COMPASSION the lost will flock to this body……I believe with all I have that the majority of the world is LOOKING for a REAL GOD that REALLY LOVES, CHANGES THEM, DWELLS WITHIN THEM and makes a difference in the world that most would spend all they had if they thought they really found it!!!
Jesus speaks of this over and over again, I’ve seen it take place in third world countries, I have read stories about it, watched movies about it………..If a statue of Jesus sheds a tear people fly in from all over the world to be a part of it……..hoping it is real, a miracle, a sign,….they will spend a life saving to get to it…….what does that show you? Are people just stupid? NO!!! They are ALL hungry, they all have a hole in their heart to fill.
The world is fed up with “church” — using all the tricks to get them into the church, using the latest advertising tricks, preaching the latest fad, TV show or movies…..have the most high-tech church, the funniest preacher, the most important guest speaker, be on TV, blah blah blah — I have a feeling sometimes that God wants to spit the church out, you know throw up over it!!!
Don’t get me wrong I LOVE the church, I believe that Jesus died for the church and is coming back for the church…………BUT NOT THE CHURCH MAN HAS CREATED!!!
Take a look at some of the largest churches in the world………take a look at some of the movement in other places in this world in the Body of Christ!!
The key? “The people were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with REAL authority – quite unlike the teachers of religious law”
BE CHRISTLIKE!!!!! Teach, worship, and preach in the SPIRIT about the SPIRIT – we are not a social club, we are not counselors to fix homes, marriages ect….. we are born again, Spirit filled men and women who are to TEACH the WORD OF GOD!!!!
Whew…….ok I’ll stop here.