A New Teaching
Read Mark 1:21–28
They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
“Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.
The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.” News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.
- What do you think it was about Jesus’ teaching that caused people to be amazed and receive it as authoritative?
- We are not told what Jesus was teaching, but based on what you know of His teaching elsewhere, what do you imagine He said—and what was “new” or “unprecedented” about it?
- Identify a teaching of Jesus’ that amazes you and reflect on why.
Father, thank You for the unprecedented message, authority, and person of Jesus. I don’t ever want to take what You did through Him for granted, consider it ordinary, or forget His power. Forgive me for the times I have denied the power or authority of Christ, whether in word or action, conscious or not. Help me to remember where I was without Jesus, what my life looked like before I knew You, so that I am reminded of the miracle of Your grace and forgiveness. Reset my heart and mind on this truth. Amen.
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