Text – Mark 1:21-28
From our text, we will see the demonstration of the power of the Lord Jesus Christ and He is the same today and forever; what He did in days gone by, He is able to do even today. Any time you come to a crossroad in your life, the power of Jesus Christ will work mightily to clear off all those evil power hindering your progress in Jesus Name. Christ has the power to solve all your problems, and you will not go from here empty handed in Jesus Name. He delivers everyone, and whosoever comes to Him He will not deny. He delivers from every challenge and problems and things that are trying to crush our lives. Christ has the power to cleanse as well. He will cleanse from sin, defilement and anything that might try to soil our lives, and present us as white lily, spotless, without any defilement before our Heavenly Father. Christ’s power is for you, your family and everyone connected with you; He will deliver and cleanse them. And anything that brings defiled memories back into your heart, tonight is the night of cleansing and freedom, He will forgive and set you free from every remembrance of those dirty things in Jesus Name.
Point 1. HIS CONVICTING PREACHING OF THE UNCHANGEABLE SCRIPTURES
Mark 1:21-22; Matthew 4:14-17; 5:17-20; 6:1-2,19-21,24; 7:24-29; 13:34-35; John 7:45-46; 6:59-60,66; Mark 7:7-8,13; Luke 13:22-29; Matthew 22:16
Jesus Christ is the Word personified. He preached the scriptures because He was the originator with the Holy Spirit inspiring the Scriptures and His preaching is with authority, anointing and power. He is still Christ our Saviour, the Preacher, Teacher and He will teach you tonight by the Spirit in Jesus Name. You will find one word that comes up in both verses 2 and 22 “…andtaught” (Mark 1:21). He preached and opened the Scriptures to them. And preached the word of the Lord unto them. “And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes” (Mark 1:22). They were astonished at His preaching, application and interpretation of Scriptures unto them. He opened and expounded the scriptures and taught them as One having authority. How did He preach? Who did He preached to? And what did He preached? And what is He still preaching and emphasizing today? “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying…..” (Matthew 4:14). His preaching was a fulfilment of prophecy and the great expectation that the prophets have spoken about. He preached unto them powerfully, purposefully and authoritatively, and not like the Scribes or Pharisees. See the purpose of His preaching, “The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up” (Matthew 4:16). Christ’s preaching came to show light unto the people that sat in spiritual and total darkness. He came to enlighten them, and He spoke authoritatively to sweep away the darkness of superstition, tradition and errors. His Word brought life to those in the shadow of death and an end to their superstitions, traditions and error. “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). What did He preach? All the blessings and goodness of the Kingdom that they could become beneficiaries now because He is the Door and has the key to that kingdom so that they could enter in and possess all the benefits. He came to teach and preach to open their eyes so that they could understand the Scriptures. “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil” (Matthew 5:17).
Christ came to fulfil all the prophecies, promises and precepts of Scriptures and not to oppose or negate them. He came to fulfil and show the significance of the Scriptures in your life. There is nothing you read about in the Scriptures that is redundant or useless, for every jot and tittle will be fulfilled (Matthew 5:18). He taught how to enter and become great and significant when you enter into the Kingdom of God. Tradition, superstitions, the former and old life will hinder people from entering into the kingdom (Matthew 5:20). He was very plain and forthright about the Scriptures. For people to enter in, there must be righteousness by faith, the inner, evangelical and the kind that comes from the Lord Himself, and then it is practical, purposeful and positive with inward grace. For if yours is just like the Pharisees, only outward, lacking the inner grace of Christ, you will not make it into the kingdom of God. The Scriptures He preached to them and the emphasis are unchangeable and still stand today. He taught that don’t do anything that you may be seen or appreciated of men for that kind of life will not get you into the kingdom (Matthew 6:1). He also taught that we should think, plan and store all our treasures in heaven, not just amass wealth here on earth, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal” (Matthew 6:19). Jesus was always talking about Heaven and preachers should do the same and prepare people for Heaven.