THEME: AUTHORITY OF CHRIST
“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.”
-At about the age of thirty years, Jesus began His public ministry (Luke 3:23), and as per the Jewish custom He was allowed to teach in the synagogue. He took advantage of the Sabbath to teach His fellow Jews and out of either their natural or supernatural sense, they realized that His authority was not like the one of the teachers of law. They were amazed at His teaching, most probably because His words have authority (Luke 4:32). Jesus exposed the hypocrisy of the teachers of law and confronted their beliefs as they neither accepted Him nor His teaching. Jesus also confronted their greed and zeal for His house consumed them. He drove out all those who sold cattle, sheep and doves in the temple, and money changers by overturning their tables (John 2:13-18). It was evident to all that Jesus had great influence, and the Pharisees, Scribes and teachers of law plotted to kill Him. Most of us have experienced Jesus’ authority through His word which is life and His message of peace settles our heart amid great turmoil and storms, and we are reminded to fully rely on Him.
Thank You Jesus for You have always been faithful to us even when we have become faithless. Thank You for Your mercies are new every morning. You are the Rock of our salvation. Our Refuge and Strength, all our hope and trust is in You merciful Savior. May You settle our hearts with Your sure peace Prince of peace, when we are faced by storms and disappointments. May Your word permeate in our hearts and souls that we may always rejoice in You and Your presence. Teach us to rely on You and Your word in all situations. Your word is light that delivers us from all darkness. May You transform us, our children, families, societies, nation and all nations of the world, to be conformed according to You will. May Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven Abba Father. Thank You for the good plans You have for us Jesus, plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future. We look to You in all situations and acknowledge that only You are our Lord and Savior. May You answer all our prayers and hearts desires loving Father according to Your will. May You empower all those who live in the street with Your hand of grace that they may see You come through for them in all their troubles. May all those who do not believe in You know You dear Jesus and abide by You through Your merciful love. Help us dear Jesus to remain in You as You are in us that we may bear much fruit. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now, and forever more. Amen
Further reading: Matthew 7:29
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