Epiphany: Authority in Mark’s Gospel

This past Sunday we found Jesus in the Synagogue teaching and rebuking unclean spirits. In both of these acts Mark introduces us to the authority of Jesus, a theme he will develop throughout the good news he is sharing. This authority is declared both by the people hearing Jesus teach, and the demon that is cast out.

We compared this display of power and authority with Mark’s account of Jesus calming the wind and the waves in Mark 4, noting the similarities in Jesus’ commands, and the response of the those who witness the event.

We concluded with a few essential questions for each of us to wrestle with, and settle in our own hearts, minds and lives. These questions boil down to, “Does Jesus have authority in your life, and if so, what does that look like in your day to day living, working, and relating?”

There are a few resources that helped shape these questions and reflections for me, perhaps they can be helpful for you as well.

http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2343

http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?post=3511

http://wwwstaff.murdoch.edu.au/~loader/MkEpiphany4.htm

http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=218

Grace and peace.