Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
February 1, 2015
“The Amazing, Astonishing Authority of Jesus” (Mark 1:21-28)
Authority. What is your reaction when you hear that word, “authority”? I’m guessing that many of us would have a negative reaction to it. We Americans, in our culture, tend not to like authority. Especially since the 1960s, all forms of authority at every level of our society have been torn down. We don’t like anyone having authority or exercising it over us. And to a degree, that’s understandable. We don’t like anyone telling us what to do. “You’re not the boss of me!” we would say.
But now today I would like us to rethink this a little bit, this matter of “authority.” For today we will meet someone who has a lot authority–and knows how to use it! It’s Jesus, of course. And when he exercises authority, he’s doing it for us, for our good. In today’s Gospel reading, from Mark 1, we see Jesus exercising authority, not over us, but for us. So now let’s take a look at “The Amazing, Astonishing Authority of Jesus.”