Note: This Post is part of the series “Studies in Mark” see the Series Index for other posts in this series.
21 And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 25But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. 27And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.–Mark 1:21 – 28 (ESV)
The first thing Jesus does when he gets to Capernaum is go to church. Not only did he go, but he began teaching. He was doing what he was gifted to do among those he found in the house of God. They were ‘astonished’ at his teaching, as well they should be ‘for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.’ Let me just take a break here for a moment and examine this piece of the text. If you’re a teacher, a pastor, an elder, or whatever, you should get the point about authority right here. In the first few verses of the Gospel of John we learn that Jesus IS the word of God. When we teach from the Bible our teaching is based upon that same authority.
Deep breath…pause…let the brain kick in…
Yes, perspicuity. Read Ephesians chapter one and tell me how much we as Christians have. The answer is no less than ALL. If you’re a teacher you have those resources at your disposal. This is not a second blessing thing. This is not a charismatick baptism of the Holy Spirit thing. This is what you as a Christian have at your disposal. Here, let me show you:
Ephesians 1:3 (ESV)
“3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,…”
Did you catch that? I hope you did. I’ve said this before but it’s not about getting more, its about using what we have…you know, EVERYthing.
Next we’ll look at the results. Aw go on, you can look ahead if you’d like to.