Day 55 – Words of Authority
On: December 25, 2014   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“Then Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught the people. They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority.” [Luke 4:31-32]

Another synagogue, another Sabbath. Same response? Quite the opposite! A bit like Acts 17, where the apostle Paul meets the eager Bereans after being driven out of Thessalonica. Why are some places, some people receptive to Jesus and others not? We’ll consider this when we get to Luke 9:5 where Jesus tells His disciples: “If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”

In Capernaum, Jesus spoke with authority and the people were amazed. His words are not recorded but, from what we see elsewhere, it’s not unreasonable to assume that it was not His eloquence or knowledge that turned people’s heads. There were, and are today, many good speakers to be heard. No, what was so arresting about Jesus’s words was that they carried the power to change lives. Hardly surprising as He was the living Word who spoke the World into being (see John 1)

The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father living in me, who is doing His work. (John 14:10)


Father God, place Your words in me that I might speak life and hope into the lives of those I encounter day by day. Amen

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