by David Cawston

Divine Authority
David A. Cawston
Mark 1:21-45

There is no question after reading Mark's script, especially the fast moving account of his early ministry in verses 21 to the end of the chapter. Mark's purpose here is to communicate Jesus' undeniable divinity.

There is a word Mark uses 41 times in his gospel. It is used five times in this passage alone. The word is immediately. It vividly catches the drama of Jesus' ministry and presses us on as if we were trying to catch up with the master as he moves from person to person, from one challenge to another.

The Greek word for immediately is "euthus". It means straight way without hesitation.

The Lord pressed on declaring the kingdom of God,
- healing the sick,
- loving the unloving,
- liberating the bound and the uptight.

He knew who He was and what He had come to do. This wasn't time to coddle people who resisted His ministry, while others pressed in upon Him to receive His healing and hope. It was no time to play power politics for an earthly kingdom. He was a Messiah with a mission. He was the Master on the move. He was the Son of God about the Fathers' business.

Mark used the word immediately to reveal the immediacy of divine power in response of human need.

I. Divine authority over unclean spirits.

Mark 1:21-28
21 Then they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and taught.
22 And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
23 Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out,
24 saying, "Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are-- the Holy One of God!"
25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be quiet, and come out of him!"
26 And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him.
27 Then they were all amazed, so that they questi ...

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