March 08, 2013

How to Preach with Authority

Mark 1

21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. 23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, 24 “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

25 “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” 26 The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.

27 The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.” 28 News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.

When you teach the LAW and law alone, people get tired. Not bored but tired. Tired because they know they cannot measure up. When you teach PURE LAW, you lose your credibility because you yourself can never measure up to perfection. When Jesus began teaching, He did so in the premise that the law is good but the only way to achieve transformation was through Him not by our own good works.

In Christ, you have power over sin and Satan. When Jesus casted out a demon, He was demonstrating the power we can have in Christ. Every thing rested on Christ’s power and not ours.

The law cannot empower us. It can only make us aware of our sin. Only Jesus sets us free. Now that is the good news worth spreading.