“The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, ‘What is this? A new teaching – and with authority! He (Jesus) even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him.’ News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.” (Mark 1:27-28)
We cannot imagine the amazement the people had over encountering Jesus. The very presence of God in their midst is hard to fathom. How could His words have anything less than authority? How could His power have anything less than the ability to cast out the enemy — evil spirits? Certainly the news of this Jesus would travel fast. Everyone would soon hear of Him and want to see Him for themselves.
We are not able to be confronted by Jesus in the same way they were back when He walked the earth. Yet, He does confront us with the same power to convert our hearts to understand Him and our God. When we are thus confronted we also have that urge to spread the news, because it is Good News.
That will come naturally as we get to know Him better and better. Are we shy in the beginning? Maybe, but with time we become more bold in standing with Him and sharing about His work in our lives because His authority and power have changed us forever.
Heavenly Father, we are still and continually amazed at Your Son. His sacrifice for us in order that we might become Your child for eternity is beyond comprehension. Your love and sacrifice is beyond understanding and yet through Your Son we are learning it. Thank You for Your Son and His changing us to become a follower of His and a member of Your Forever Family. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Robert Forsberg is retired from Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Fairborn and a guest columnist.