A Unique Authority Among Us (Part 1)

A Bible Exposition Of Mark 1:21-28

What we will find today is that we are picking up on a theme that was implicit last week, and it will become central this week. Last week Jesus had just called four of his disciples to Himself.

These were men had already been following Him as disciples. We said is that these were disciples with a little “d”. They were students and followers in a general sense. But that day at the lakeside everything changed.

They didn’t realize exactly how, but what just happened would change their entire lives and their eternities. These would be the men who were the pillars that built the foundation of the church that exists today.

Jesus called them away from their skilled trades or businesses really, their livelihoods… He called them away from their hometown, from their families, and from their inheritance. And they left it all immediately without hesitation.

And Mark wanted to get these guys into the record book because they will continue to show up elsewhere. But this calling demonstrated something of the authority of Jesus. His authority was unrivaled. He commanded and they obeyed.

And Jesus had every right to command them in that way. Well if His authority was implied in this previous section, then it is explicit in the portion we will study today. In fact, the authority of Jesus is going to be a central theme in this week and next week as well.

Chapter 1:21-39 covers one day in one city. Well, it depends on how you tell time. From a Jewish perspective, it is two days, but it is a 24-hour period or so.

Mark 1:21–28—21 They went into Capernaum; and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and began to teach. 22 They were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24 saying, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” 25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” 26 Throwing him into convulsions, the unclean spirit cried out with a loud voice and came out of him. 27 They were all amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.” 28 Immediately the news about Him spread everywhere into all the surrounding district of Galilee.

Jesus’ Authority Stirs up a Synagogue

  1. The Setup (21-22)
  2. The Showdown (23-26)
  3. The Shock (27-28)

This exposition was preached at Cornerstone Bible Church in Albany, Oregon on November 27, 2016.