by Charles H. Spurgeon

An Astounding Miracle
Charles H. Spurgeon
Mark 1:21-28

You will find the same narrative in Luke 4:31-37. It will be handy for you to be able to refer to the second passage, from which I shall quote one or two matters.

These two Evangelists commence the narrative by telling us of the singular authority and power which there was about the Savior's teaching-authority, so that no one dare question His doctrine; power, so that everyone felt the force of the truth which He delivered. "They were astonished at his teaching, for his word was with power." Why was it that the Savior's teaching had such a remarkable power about it? Was it not, first, because He preached the truth? There is no power in falsehood except so far as people choose to yield to it because it flatters them; but there is great force in truth, it makes its own way into the soul. As long as people have consciences they cannot help feeling when the truth is brought to bear upon them. Even though they grow angry their very resistance proves that they recognize the force of what is spoken. Moreover, the Savior spoke the truth in a very natural, unaffected manner: the truth was in Him, and it flowed freely from Him. His manner was truthful as well as His matter.

There is a way of speaking truth so as to make it sound like a lie. Perhaps there is no greater injury done to truth than when it is spoken in a doubtful manner, with none of the accent and emphasis of conviction. Our Savior spoke as the oracles of God. He spoke truth as truth should be spoken, unaffectedly and naturally, as one who did not preach professionally, but out of the fullness of His heart. You all know how sermons from the heart go to the heart. Moreover, our great Exemplar delivered His teaching as one who most heartily believed what He was speaking, who spoke what He did know, yes, spoke of things which were His own. Jesus had no doubts, no hesitancy, no questions, and His style was as calmly forcible as His faith. Truth see ...

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