Mark 1:21-22 TPT People Stunned by Jesus’ Teachings
21 Then Jesus and his disciples went to Capernaum, [translates the village of the comforted] and he immediately started teaching on the Sabbath day in the synagogue. 22 The people were awestruck and overwhelmed [hit with a blow] by his teaching, because he taught in a way that demonstrated God’s authority, which was quite unlike the religious scholars.
In our passage today, Jesus demonstrates the authority of God by how he speaks, lives, and loves. Hearts are pierced by the Word and the love that delivers it; people know God is the power behind everything Jesus—the Anointed One— says and does. Jesus speaks from an inner knowledge of what pleases the Father; obedience to God’s commands of love. Beyond keeping the Law, Jesus wants his followers to willingly obey the Father from his or her heart, too. In Christ, may we speak from our own experiences with the love of Yahweh as we share the Good News with others.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for reminding me today about the love that must permeate everything I say and do. Keep me accountable and obedient. In Jesus’ name. Amen.