Sermon for February 7, 2021 — Jesus Shows His Authority
Old Testament Lesson: Job 7:1-7:
1“Do not mortals have hard service on earth? Are not their days like those of hired laborers? 2Like a slave longing for the evening shadows, or a hired laborer waiting to be paid, 3so I have been allotted months of futility, and nights of misery have been assigned to me. 4When I lie down I think, ‘How long before I get up?’ The night drags on, and I toss and turn until dawn. 5My body is clothed with worms and scabs, my skin is broken and festering.
6“My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and they come to an end without hope. 7Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath; my eyes will never see happiness again.
Psalm 103 on Page 105 in Christian Worship
Praise the Lord, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
He forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases;
he redeems your life from the grave
and crowns you with love and compassion.
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
Our days are like grass, like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone.
But the Lords love is with those who fear him
from everlasting to everlasting.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Epistle Lesson: Romans 8:28-30:
28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
Gospel Lesson/Sermon Text: Mark 1:29-39:
29As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. 31So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.
32That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. 33The whole town gathered at the door, 34and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.
35Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”
38Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” 39So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
There’s not too much I enjoy more in this world than reading a good story. I love all kinds of stories. Of course, there are the true stories that are often more compelling than any fiction. Right now, I’m reading about the anti-slavery movement in Kansas in the 1850’s and all the violence that went along with it. Absolutely fascinating. I also love to read longer works of fiction like Proust or Stephen King. One form of writing that really fascinates me is the art of the short story. It takes a special talent to tell a big story with a limited amount of words. I have this O. Henry collection of 100 short stories that average 7 pages per story. Mark was a writer like that. Here he vividly and briefly shows us how…
Jesus Shows His Authority
I. Over sickness
II. Over Satan
III. Over sin
I. Over sickness
- Earlier in this chapter he showed Jesus in the synagogue preaching and healing
- This would have taken place on the Sabbath and all went home and shared this
- After the service, Jesus went to Peter’s house where he healed his mother-in-law
- Simply told, but we get a sense of how completely Jesus healed this poor woman
- She immediately got up and served them to show her thanks for this great gift
- You can almost picture the scene of the dinner being interrupted by a door knock
- Mark tells of the whole village showing up with those who were sick (had it bad)
- Jesus then set to work of healing them of every disease. You can fill in the blank
- There was no earthly disease that Jesus could not heal on that day or any day
- This is something for us to keep in mind in our day & age as well when we’re sick
- No matter what our disease is (Covid, etc.) Jesus is the one who cares for our need
- We place our health in his hands and trust that his solution is always the best one
II. Over Satan
- There was another situation that arose that day that also arose in the synagogue
- There were those who were possessed by demons who needed Jesus’ great help
- The New Testament simply states this condition as fact, which many mock today
- One of my professors said he thinks this is a tactic Satan uses when Jesus wins
- He says that he is sure that he saw it when he was a missionary in Zambia, Africa
- Jesus did not let the demons make mocking pronouncements about him to others
- But simply threw them out of the people whom they were possessing & afflicting
- If we don’t see this sort of thing happen, we do know about Satan’s temptations
- It is wonderful to know that Jesus still has this power over Satan and his lies to us
III. Over Sin
- After that busy day, Jesus got going very early and went to a solitary place to pray
- This shows us how important it is to take things to the Lord in prayer if Jesus did
- The disciples found him and said that there were more looking for his miracles
- Jesus said that it was most important that he get out into the region and preach
- Through his preaching that he brought people into his kingdom of forgiveness
- This is and remains the most amazing and miraculous thing Jesus does for us.